Item number : UK DIXON MF 2208
Origin : England
Style : MULTI FUNCTION
Gauge : 12
Functions : Closer, funnel, rammer
Suitable for pinfire : Yes
Stabilizer : Yes, right side
Maker : James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield
Markings : “2208”, The Trumpet, “JAMES DIXON & SONS SHEFFIELD”
“12” on top side press handle
Biggest length : 270 mm
Height : 270 mm
Weight : 914 grams
Press handle : Hardened steel with ebony grip
Turning handle : Green painted steel with ebony grip
Crimper : Brass
Cartridge pusher : N.a.
Materials body : Cast iron with brass funnel and top.
Paint : Retains most of its original green paint.
Table clamp : Top square with 4 deep ribs
Condition : Good
Repairs : None
This is in many ways not a typical Dixon tool. The most remarkable thing is the closing part. The back of the closer to where the turning handle is fixed is more like a Hawksley. It is a model with an internal closing cup, what is extremely rare for Dixon. In this whole collection, there is only one Dixon tool like this. The suspension of the closing part to the main body is different. A Dixon suspension is wider.
The top of the main body through which the pipe of the funnel comes is not according Dixon’s tradition.
The catalogue number 2208 is not found in the old catalogue.
So maybe it is more or less a Hawksley from after 1947.