Remnants of the Industrial Revolution: the Antique Blow Torch

The antique blow torch you found stashed in the attic or basement, or on sale for a couple bucks at a farm auction, could be a hot collectible.

antique blow torch - restoration of a Detroit Manufacturing Co. torch
Top left: A typical old blowtorch (produced by Detroit Torch Mfg. Co., patent date 1918) as found after almost 100 years of use and abuse.Right: The same blowtorch has been disassembled for cleaning and polishing.Far right: With all the parts cleaned, polished and reassembled, this blowtorch probably looks even better than new.
Dick Sarpolus