OLD TURNER BRASS BLOWTORCH
A lone figure stood a top a roof, silhouetted against dawn's red sky. In each hand he held a lit blowtorch, flames flickering their souls to the wind. The reflection from the fire danced on the brass of the blowtorches as the figure slowly approached a group of four men. They each stepped back and made a path as the torch-wielding character approached, his brooding shadow cast forward as if to announce his next step. One of the the men pointed down at a section of the roof on a Brooklyn apartment building where they had just applied a layer of gooey black tar. The torch bearer grinned and the white of this teeth glowed brightly as he adjusted each blowtorch so that the flame extended almost six inches. He bent over and began to heat up the tar sweeping the blowtorches back and forth.
Thomas "Torch" Torgeson was in charge of heating up the roof tar to make a proper seal. To say that Thomas loved his job with Acme Roofing Company was perhaps an understatement. He could often be heard uttering the phrase, "I love the smell of tar in the morning,"
Here's a cool old (circa 1940s-50s) kerosene blowtorch made by Turner Brass Works of Sycamore, Illinois, USA. It measures 10.5" tall and 5.5" diameter at the base and features a brass (or brass-plated) tank and a red painted wood handle. It still has most of its original Turner decal on the front of the tank. This is a fun industrial piece with loads of character.
This blowtorch is in good vintage condition. The brass tank has a nice patina with some tarnishing and distressing. The flame control dial turns smoothly and the tank pump moves freely but we have no idea whether it still works so we are selling as a display piece. We found some light rust and pitting on the bottom of the tank. The Turner decal is partially worn but still mostly legible.
You might also consider this cool old blowtorch: https://www.etsy.com/listing/166458570/brass-blowtorch-cool-industrial-piece
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