UK HAW BC A50 Long Back

CODE UK HAW BC A50 Long Back Categories: , Product ID: 2967


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

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 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.

Additional information


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