Item number : UK HAW BC A-1
Origin : United Kingdom
Style : English Style
Gauge : 16
Suitable for pinfire : Yes
Stabilizer : No
Cartridge pusher : Yes.
Maker : G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY Ltd, Carver Street, Sheffield
Markings : “G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY’S .” and “16” on press lever
Biggest length : 295 mm
Weight : 593 grams
Length of shell tube : 61 mm. (“full barrel”)
Suspension of press lever : Single
Press handle : Partly round steel lever with horn handle with traces of case hardening. The model however is the same as the A50 models.
(the no.4 Dixon model)
Turning handle : Case hardened steel turning lever with dark horn handle
Closing cup : Brassl
Materials body : Brass
Paint : retains some of the original red paint
Table clamp : Top clover shaped with 3 sharp steel pins. Screw top triangular with sharp pins at the corners. Not a very common model.
In this collection only the A-2 has such a screw top.
Condition : Good
Repairs : None
Remarks : .
The only written information available is from the (Cornell Publications) reprint of the Hawksley catalogue from 1889. This catalogue is not complete. There are tools that are not mentioned in this catalogue.
This one is not listed in the available catalogue. So the A-1 number doesn’t refer to a catalogue.
Unlike Dixon, Hawksley does not list the catalogue numbers on the tools themselves. It is therefore often a matter of guessing what the catalogue number of a tool is. I have done my very best to achieve some ranking.
Most of the Hawksley bench rest closers – apart from the A50 and (A)A44 models – have numbers with an (A)A70 in the number. Actually, the only exception is the A31C. That the tool with the Dixon no.5 press lever.
The best quality Hawksley tools have horn handles. The 2nd and 3rd quality tools have ebony handles. Quite often it is very difficult to tell the difference between ebony and horn. The kind of horn (buffalo?) Hawksley used is very dark; black. Just as ebony. If you have both materials in a pure form you can heat them and smell the difference. The handles of loading tools however are always a bit greasy. That means that you always get the same scent.