Item number : UK DIXON BC 1203-6
Origin : United Kingdom
Style : English Style
Gauge : 12
Suitable for pinfire : Yes
Stabilizer : Yes, left side
Cartridge pusher : No
Maker : James Dixon & Sons
Markings : “1203”, “J.D&S” and “12” on top side of the press handle.
“B” on down side of the press handle.
Biggest length : 280 mm
Weight : 444 grams
Press handle : Hardened steel lever no. 6 with ebony grip
Turning handle : Red painted cast iron with ebony grip
Closing cup : Brass
Materials body : Cast iron body
Paint : Retains virtually all of its original red paint
Table clamp : Steel screw has round top without pins.
Top rectangular with 5 deep ribs
Condition : Excellent, somewhere between very good and near mint.
Repairs : None
The 1203 model is an odd one. There is not “one” model. There are more, at least six. And they differ a lot. Not only does the bodies differ. But some have pushing-out rods and some haven’t. Some have brass inlined shell tubes and some haven’t. Apparently there is not a system to rely on.
The catalogue tells about the 1203 model:
“Horizontal C.F. ( centre fire?) half barrel, ejector (pushing-out rod?) & double clip lever( lever no 6?)”
The 1st and 2nd quality have the same catalogue number, what is not usual.
So actually, when you ordered a model 1203, you never knew what you would get.