Item number : UK BAR BC DETACHABLE
Origin : United Kingdom
Style : English Style
Gauge : 12
Suitable for pinfire : Yes
Stabilizer : No
Cartridge pusher : Yes
Maker : WILLIAM BARTRAM, Nimrod Works, Eldon Street, Sheffield
Markings : “12, W. BARTRAM” on press lever
Biggest length : 280 mm
Weight : 857 grams
Press lever : Brass lever no. 4 (Dixon’s order) with box wood handle
Turning lever : Straight brass with box wood handle
Closing cup : Internal brass
Barrel : Full barrel with sliding inner barrel
Materials body : Full brass
Paint : N.a.
Table clamp : Brass screw has round squared top
Top rectangular squared
Condition : despite some buts, very good
Repairs : None
This is one of the summits of this collection. The Hawksley BC Detachable is an iconic tool, quite rare and very expensive. However that tool I have seen quite regularly. The Bartram BC Detachable I have only seen once in my life and I was so lucky to be able to buy it (at Ebay) for not a lot of money. Because this tool is never seen, it is not iconic, not known and also not expensive, although you would think the opposite.
I don’t know how the sliding inside barrel works and I have never seen it outside this Bartram collection. In this collection there is another one, see UK BAR BC Exceptional.
Like the Hawksley Detachable these tools were meant to be carried in a gun case. In that respect you have to take into account that this tool weighs 857 grams. Put a few more tools like this in the gun case and you won’t be able to carry it anymore.
Ther problem with listing Bartram tools on this website is that I don’t have a Bartram catalogue. I have never seen one. With a catalogue it is easier to determine an order. At Dixon, for example, I relied purely on catalogue numbers. With Bartram I have to be creative. There is a certain standard shape with a more or less oval, squared top of the table clamp and a straight turning lever. Those tools begin with “ST”(andard) in the name. Followed with the number of the press lever (Dixon’s catalogue) or a “W” if it is a Webley press lever.