CODE UK HAW BC A50-4 Categories: , Product ID: 3007


Item number                           :           UK HAW BC A50-4

Origin                                     :           United Kingdom

Style                                       :           English Style

Gauge                                     :           12

Suitable for pinfire                 :           Yes

Stabilizer                                 :          No

Cartridge pusher                    :           N.a.

Maker                                     :           G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY Ltd, Carver Street, Sheffield

Markings                                :           “G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY’S PATENT” and “12” on turning lever

Biggest length                        :           280 mm

Weight                                   :           666 grams

Length of shell tube               :           50 mm.

Suspension of press lever       :           Double

Suspension of turning lever   :           Riveted

Length of back                       :           11 mm

Press handle                           :           Steel lever with horn handle.

Turning handle                       :           Steel patented lever with horn handle

Closing cup                            :           Brass

Materials body                       :           Brass

Paint                                       :           Retains some of the original red paint

Table clamp                            :           Top typical Hawksley spade (cards) shaped  with 3 sharp pins

Screw top round without pins but with little carvings

Condition                               :           Good

Repairs                                   :           None

Remarks                                 :

The number “A50” comes from the 1889 Hawksley catalogue, where it is called the “Hawksley’s Patent “Clip” Cartridge Turnover”

It is sometimes difficult to decide whether it is a A50, a A44 or a AA44. If possible it is mentioned at this place.


There is quite some variation in the lengths of the shell  tubes.


There is also quite some variation in the top of the screw of the table clamp. This one is round and has a riveted connection  Some tops are triangle shaped, some square, some round


Sometimes it is so difficult  to see of what material the handles are made. Horn can be as dark as ebony. They feel almost the same. I try to find out with a flame. The smell is different.


With “length of the back” is meant the turning part of the tool that holds the turning lever.. Usually it is 10-11 mm long.


Because of the horn handles, the good quality non painted levers  this must be a A50 model.

The difference between the A50-4 and A50-1 is that the A50-1 has an opening between the shell tube and the table clamp.

The A50-2 and A50-3 have both a cradle construction.

Additional information


UK Dixon BC A50