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Object ID # 1991.018.005
Object Name Iron, Soldering
Title Soldering Copper
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Artist Unidentified maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Garageman's soldering copper (soldering iron). This soldering copper has a turned wooden handle and a rectangular head. Although the head is roughly rectangular, the end narrows to the tip. The point on the head is relatively blunt (worn down with time and use?) and appears to be cleaner and shinier than the rest of the metal. The metal rod extending from the handle splits into two separate pieces and appears to loop around inside the head. The soldering copper has "2" marked on it. Additional text appears to have been stamped on the head, but it is now too corroded to read.
Makers mark Not decipherable now
Provenance This is a pre-1929 item used by Patti Buchanan's grandfather at the WHITE ROSE garage at Holland Centre, Grey County. WHITE ROSE was a gasoline brandname.

Ms. Buchanan's father, Bill Buchanan (1929-1990), also was a garageman at Holland Centre, and this item was found amongst his garage tools after he passed away.
Collection Metalworking Tools & Equipment Collection
Material Metal/Wood/Finish
Dimensions L-33.3 Dia-2.6 cm
Found Holland Centre, Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
Subjects Garages
Search Terms Holland Centre
Function A soldering iron is a handled, pointed lug that is heated externally to a high temperature so that it can be used to join metallic surfaces. The lug end was heated so that it was hot enough to solder metal parts together upon contact.