This is a little crazy but here goes.
I think it's the front of a Hawthorn men's bike
With a Hawthorne ladies bike wielded on for the back half
The rear stays of the men's bike are removed. The head tube on the ladies bike is removed, the top and bottom tubes are wielded to the seat tube on the men's bike. Both bikes have the correct skip tooth front sprockets.
The connecting tube between the "top" tube and the "bottom" tube on the ladies bike is no longer parallel with the ground on the tandem because the seat tube angle is not the same as the head tube angle.
An extra tube is wielded between the bottom brackets on the two bikes.
The ladies bike is listed as being a 1941. The men's bike is listed as "pre-war".
Here is a good discussion on dating a Hawthorn bike.
Hawthorne used three different chain rings on their full size prewar balloon models, the ?snowflake? the ?speed-comet? and the ?torque-star? (my names). The torque-star chain ring didn?t appear until 1940 so if it is original to your bike that would date it to 1940-1942.