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
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.