For a number of years I collected old wood and metalworking tools. They are often very well made and they have a solidity and purposefulness that I greatly admire. Being brought up in an industrial city in the English Midlands they were in use all around me as a child, and like most boys I learned to use the commoner woodworking tools in particular.
The brass fire extinguisher on the right was made in Brentford, London. It was filled with Pyrene (carbon tetrachloride) and worked by pump action. Next to it is a paraffin lamp with a plaited cotton wick and a glass bowl to contain the paraffin. (This still works actually.) In front of it is a varnished slatted wood plant pot holder of unknown origin.
To the left is a brass gasoline/petrol blow torch with a ribbed wooden handle. This was made by the Otto Bernz Company in Rochester, New York. My guess is that it perhaps came over here in the 1940s, when there was quite a lot of additional metalworking going on in the UK.