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Electric Soldering Irons

An Electric soldering iron is typically on whenever it's pluged in. They usually take a few minutes to heat up and generally stay at a steady tempeture. The earilest electric soldering irons were manufactured in the late 1800s.

General Electric Soldering Iron Type 1-12 Early General Electric Soldering Iron
Type 1-12
110 Volts, 2.5 Amps
This early electric soldering iron was manufactured by GE. The patent dates listed on the handle are Nov.7, 05 - June 18, 06 - May 10, 1910 - Dec. 5, 1911. Length from tip to end of the handle is 15 inches not including the cord strain relief. The tip is 6" long by 1.5" in diameter.
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American Beauty 3138 American Beauty 3138 Soldering Iron
110-120 Volts, 100 Watts
Manufactured by the American Electrical Heater Co., Detroit USA
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American Beauty Brochure (no date):
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American Beauty 1947 Brochure (PDF file)

American Beauty 3158 American Beauty 3158 Soldering Iron
110-120 Volts, 200 Watts. This beast weighs in at around two pounds. Manufactured by the American Electrical Heater Co., Detroit USA.
This probably came from an industrial setting as it has a heavy duty custom made holder designed to hang on the side of a work bench.
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American Beauty 1947 Brochure (PDF file)

Duro Switch On Electric Soldering Iron Duro "Switch-On" Electric Soldering Iron
This Duro soldering iron Has an on/off switch built into the handle and interchangeable thread on tips.
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Montgomery Ward 84-6035 Wards 84-6035 Soldering Iron
120 Volts, 100 Watts
Manufactured for Montgomery Ward by Drake Electric Works, Chicago USA
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Weller Magnastat Soldering Iron
Magnastat 1961 Ad      Magnastat Patent
Weller Magnastat TC552 Soldering Iron

In 1958 Carl Weller applied for a patent on his idea to control iron tip temperature through the use of a temperature sensitive magnetic tip. Up to that point Soldering Iron manufacturers utilized large massive bodies to dissipate heat in an attempt to control tip temperature. This method was inefficient at best.
Weller was granted patent # 2,951,927 for magnetic temperature control in September of 1960. This model TC552 Magnastat soldering iron is 55 watts. It was sold cordless and you purchased a standard two prong or a grounded three prong AC cord separately. This box includes a 5DN1 600 degree tip and a 5CN1 700 degree tip.
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Magnastat 1961 Ad
Patent # 2,951,927 (PDF file)

Weller TC 40 Soldering Iron Weller TC 40 Soldering Iron

This Weller iron is 40 watts and has a magnetic temperature tip. The iron is only 8.5" long but the 3 prong cord is 5' 8" long.
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Lenk Soldering Iron 1951 Lenk Soldering Iron
Manufactured by LENK, Newton Mass.
Although known for its blow torches, this pistol grip soldering iron was manufactured by LENK, of Newton Mass.
(not Wall Lenk located in Penn.)
Notice the unique heat dissipating stand off between the barrel and handle.

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1951 Ad

Lenk Pistol Grip Soldering Set Lenk # 375 Pistol Grip Soldering Set
Manufactured by Lenk Mfg. Company, Franklin Kentucky
Hardware Store price sticker on the box shows $3.89 as the cost.
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Reinhard-McCabe Glow Point Soldering Iron Glow Point Soldering Iron
This "Glow Point" Soldering Iron hooked directly to a car or truck battery to heat. You put the large clip on one battery terminal and touched the point to the other until you saw the red glow through the hole on the side of the tip. Manufactured by Reinhard-McCabe Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Iron is 12" long and the cord is 24".
The original instruction tag is still on attached to the cord. I'm not trying it to see if it still works.
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Craftsman 5383 Soldering Iron Craftsman 5383
The Craftsman model 5383, 200 watt Soldering Iron is 13 ½ inches long.

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Solder Master 310B Solder Master 310B
One word describes this soldering iron, HUGE. The Solder Master 310B is 300 watts and at 14" it is the largest electric iron in my collection. It weighs in at over two pounds and was manufactured by the Hexacon Electric Co., Roselle Park, New Jersey.

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Unknown Soldering Iron
Unknown Soldering Iron
No marking anywhere on this one. The tip flexes as it's mounted in the spring. It also has a unique handle. It's about twelve inches long.
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Drake 350 Drake Model 310
Get ready for blast off. I saw this little Drake model 310 soldering iron and knew I wanted it for my collection. I don't know the manufacturing date but it looks like it's out of the 1950s. Manufactured by Drake Electrical Works, Chicago. It's 35 watts and only 9 inches long.
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Skil 340 Self-Feeding Soldering Gun Skil 340 Self-Feeding Soldering Gun
This rather unique Skil soldering iron sold in the late 1960s is shaped like a gun but the trigger actually feeds solder to the tip. The iron takes a few minutes to heat up and is on as long as it's plugged in. Solder is dispensed from a roll on the back of the gun through a tube. Pulling the trigger pushes the solder to the tip. The knurled knob on the side adjusts the amount of solder fed when the trigger is pulled.
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Solder-Matic Solder-Matic
The "Solder-Matic" automatic solder feeding attachment is for standard electric soldering irons. It was manufactures by the Universal Flashlight Co., Washington D.C. This unique device was designed to clamp on a soldering iron and feed solder through the chrome guide by pressing the lever on the right side. I tried it and it does work.
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It's A Wonder Soldering Iron "It's A Wonder" - Advertisement
Here is an ad from Popular Science's January 1927 issue offering the early "It's A Wonder" press-to-feed electric soldering iron manufactured by the Illinois Stamping & Mfg. Co. of Chicago. Notice the horn radio speaker in the lower drawing.

You too can make big profits selling the "It's A Wonder" press-to-feed electric soldering iron.

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