on in melted solder.
Melted solder poured on.
Heated iron not tinned.
Heated copper tool tinned.
Stream of heated air.
This art was understood and practiced in ancient Egypt.
Vases made of imbricated or overlapping plates, and supposed to be soldered together, are represented in tombs of Thothmes III., 1490 B. C. Tin forms an ingredient in soft solder, and was brought from Britain by the Phoenicians 1000 B. C., and probably long before.
Malacca also yielded tin in very remote ages.
The pieces which went to form the stand of the silver vase presented to the temple of Delphi by Alyattes, king of Lydia, were of iron inlaid with gold, and were soldered together.
This, if it were the second Alyattes.
was about 617 B. C. Soldering leaden pipes is mentioned by Vitruvius.
Soldering was apparently unknown in Greece in the time of Homer.
Hammered plates, such as armor, were united by mechanical fastenings,—nails, pins, rivets, cram