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
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.