Item number : UK DIXON BC A50
Origin : England
Style : English Style modified
Gauge : 16
Suitable for pinfire : No
Cartridge pusher : N.a.
Maker : JAMES DIXON & Sons, Cornish Place, Sheffield
Markings : Dixon brandmark,. “JAMES DIXON & SONS Sheffield”, “16”and “A50” on turning handle
Biggest length : 280 mm
Weight : 798 grams
Press handle : Beautifully blued steel handle with ebony grip (damaged by rats)
Turning handle : Beautifully blued steel handle with ebony grip (damaged by rats)
Closing cup : Brass
Materials body : Brass
Paint : Retains most of its original dark red paint
Table clamp : Spade shaped top with 3 sharp steel pins
Condition : Very good (despite damaged grips)
Repairs : None
This is a the most famous Hawksley bench closer. Hawksley was bought by Dixon in 1947. So this tool must be from after that time. Also look at UK DIXON BC 1263.
A50 is the number for this tool in the Hawksley catalogue. There are however quite some different A50 Hawksley models.