Another Mystery Tool

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  1. Dave Coatsworth

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    Anyone know what this is? Came to me from a watch repairer's estate. Looks like it has been repeatedly heated, so maybe something to do with soldering?

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  2. Uhralt

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    #2 Uhralt, Dec 7, 2019
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    It certainly looks like some kind of burner. Is the small pipe on the left side somehow connected to the large pipe? It could be the gas inlet. Overall, this looks like it belongs in a laboratory rather than a clockmaker's shop.
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  3. Dave Coatsworth

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    The small pipe is not connected to anything. It is flattened and screwed to the base. Appears to be a holder for something rather than a pipe.
     
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    Hi Dave,

    I think the small pipe is for an insulating handle of some sort, and the large copper bit would be heated in a flame, (possibly gas), to provide a heat source for a more delicate operation that wasn't appropriate for direct flame heating, such as bluing steel parts. I take it that the copper bit is solid?

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  5. Uhralt

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    Maybe this is just a soldering iron stand and the handle of the soldering iron has come off. Can the copper piece be easily pushed out of what appears to be a clamp?

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    I think it is a stand for soldering rings - normally used by jewellery makers.
     
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  7. Dave Coatsworth

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    Oh, I like that thought, wefalck. Seems very logical.

    To answer the other questions, the copper part is solid and it is removable from the clamp, perhaps there are different size bits for different size rings.
     
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    Very good! Thanks.
     
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    It's part of an electric soldering system.

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  11. Dave Coatsworth

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    Perfect! Thank you!
     
  12. Uhralt

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    Ah,

    That also explains what that little pipe is for. It holds an electrode.

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