I was recently at a Barn Auction where I picked up a ton of old tools, from old Stanley Wooden Planes to intricate files and saws…in one of my bundles I picked up this old thing. I have no idea what it is, but I have a pretty good idea of what it isn’t. It’s not a chisle or counter-sync or hole punch. Here are some more pics of it up close and personal.
That’s what Grampa called a tinnin’ arn,a tinning iron.
You note the copper tip can be removed/replaced with other shapes.
Used with a pot o’ lead.If you got it with barn type tools,they mighta used it to solder flashings and some standing seam roof styles.
I’m going to say that it’s an Electric Soldering Iron. Based on the hole in the handle where the cord used to be, as well as the fact that the tip is not massive enough to hold enough heat, The area behind the tip looks hollow. Either there’s an electric heating element in there or there used to be.
See the difference in shape between the electric and non electric tools? The non electric is much more massive at the tip because it has to capture the heat of the fire and hold it long enough to transfer it to the object being soldered.
The irons made to be heated in a fire don’t have removable tips, and yours does because of the screw on the side. If you remove the tip you’ll find that the area behind it is hollow, or has the remains of the electric element. A hollow tube won’t retain much heat for the job.
Vintage electric soldering irons definitely looked like that, wooden handle and all. Most telling would be to remove the tip and see if there’s any visible trace of electrical connections. Is it reasonable to do that, or are vintage tools inviolable that way?