Item number : UK HAW BC A50 Long Back
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 : 290 mm
Weight : 569 grams
Length of shell tube : 45 mm. Cradle construction
Suspension of press lever : Single
Suspension of turning lever : Screwed
Length of back : 18,5 mm
Press handle : Steel lever with ebony handle
Turning handle : Steel patented lever with ebony handle.
Closing cup : Brass
Materials body : Cast iron
Paint : Retains most of its original red paint
Table clamp : Top typical Hawksley spade (cards) shaped with 2 (mostly 3) sharp steel pins .
Screw top round without pins
Condition : Good although missing the closing cup
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 some open space between the shell tube and the table clamp.
The shell tube is quite short. There is quite some variation in the lengths of these 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.