UK BAR BC Exceptional

CODE UK BAR BC Exceptional Categories: , Product ID: 4203


Item number                           :           UK BAR BC Exceptional

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                                :           None

Biggest length                        :           310 mm

Weight                                     :           706 grams

Press lever                              :           Blued steel lever no. 7 (Dixon’s order) with ebony  handle

Turning lever                          :           Straight brass with ebony handle

Closing cup                            :           In between brass

Barrel                                     :           Full barrel with sliding inner barrel

Materials body                       :           Full brass. Press lever and screw are steel

Paint                                       :           Only traces of the original green paint are visible.

Table clamp                            :           Steel screw has triangle top with sharp pins.

Top rectangular squared

Condition                               :           Good

Repairs                                   :           None

Remarks                                 :


There is no name or brandmark on this tool. Yet this is unmistakably a Bartram. Maybe the screw has been changed.

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 Detachable.

Most of these brass Bartram tools there is none  or at least not much paint left. Apparently the quality of the paint for brass was not very good. This applies not only to Bartram but also to the same tools from that time.

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.

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