Item number : UK DIXON CAP 2181C
Origin : United Kingdom
Style : Cap- / Decapping tool
Gauge : 12
Maker : James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield
Markings : “12”, “JAMES DIXON & SONS SHEFFIELD”, the Trumpet and “12” on one side of the lever;
2181 C ” on the other side
Bottom sizes : 84 x45 mm
Weight : 298 grams
Materials body : Cast iron bottom, brass pillars, steel lever with ebony handle
Paint : Contains most of the original reddish paint
Condition : Good.
Repairs : None
This capping tool carries the name : “Horsley’s Patent”. Baker states (page 4) “…. And foreign made variants appeared in catalogues published round the world.” I personally think that Horsley copied a lot of reloading tools from the continent. Similar French tools are functioning far better than this Dixon tool.
Dixon made this tool also for other parties, like BGI.
The Dixon catalogue 1882 states:
No. 1181 Horsley’s Patent, central fire recapper and expeller
No. 2181 Horsley’s Patent, central fire recapper and expeller 2nd quality
No. 1181 B Horsley’s Patent, central fire recapper and expeller Nickel Silver
And not in that catalogue there is
No. 2181½ also a 2 pillar tool, but not according Horsley’s Patent
No. 2181C also a 2 pillar tool, but not according Horsley’s Patent
The 2181½ and 2181C have in common the press lever that consists of only one part, instead of The Horsley’s Patent that has a movable brass part.
This 2181C is apparently a 2nd quality, seen the black painted press lever. That’s why the markings are hard to read.
The pillars can be screwed off. Under the pillars there is a hole with a screw thread, where a spare needle can be stored. If one looks to the bottom of the tool it can be seen if a spare needle is present.