This is a vintage edge iron, edge irons are used by cobblers to complete the process of polishing the side of the sole of shoes. The iron is used by heating via a torch or other heat source, then running the hot steel of the iron along the leather to seal it and to reveal vibrance from within the leather and it's oils. This heating process is evident in the light charing that can be witnessed along the rim of the handle closest to the steel.
The handle appears to be made of straight, tight grain beech wood. The Ferrule is made of solid brass, and appears to be original. The steel has been sanded lightly to clean the outer surface of the remnants of the heating that it has experienced in its past life. The only other alteration that has been made to this tool is that the handle has been soaked in grape seed oil to prevent it from drying out and cracking.
It is hard to know with much precision when this fine tool was made, but it would not surprise me if it went back to the 1800's.
please only purchase if you have acquired the skills to maintain this tool or have plans to acquire them.
The shipping fee estimations are not exact, I will refund you any overcharges.