Posted 5 years ago
Here is an unusual tool I’ve had for some time. The torch is 16 ¾” long o/a with the removable hood attached. The body of the torch is hollow cast iron, 3 ½” long, and has a threaded fill-hole in its base into which the handle screws. There is a lead seal at the junction. Heating the body causes gasoline fuel to vent from the tube through a hole next to where the tube is crimped shut. The gas is directed away from the head, over the tube. When ignited, the flame heats the tube and subsequently the body, resulting in a high-pressure jet of gas shooting out of the tube, until the fuel is exhausted. The removable shield helps direct the burning gas. On the body are cast the words “COLUMBUS / OHIO” on one side and “J MFARLAND / PAT / JAN 23 or 28, ___.” (This could be J. M. Farland or J. McFarland.) The year is completely gone. Update: the writing represents Josiah McFarland, Patent 186,593 dated Jan 23, 1877. Excellent detective work by Celiene!