Item number : UK HAW BC A50 A44-1
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 : 255 mm
Weight : 517 grams
Length of shell tube : 45 mm.
Suspension of press lever : Single
Suspension of turning lever : Riveted
Length of back : 11 mm
Press handle : Steel lever with ebony handle. Beautiful blued condition.
Turning handle : Steel patented lever with ebony handle. Beautiful blued condition.
Closing cup : Fails
Materials body : Cast Iron
Paint : Retains most of the original red paint
Table clamp : Top typical Hawksley spade (cards) shaped with 3 sharp pins
Screw top round without pins
Condition : Good although the closing cup fails.
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 triangle and has a fixed 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 ebony handles, the good quality non painted levers this must be a A44 model. The only difference between the A44 and the A44-1 is the top of the table clamp.