Item number : UK HAW BC A70LS
Origin : United Kingdom
Style : English Style
Gauge : 12
Suitable for pinfire : Yes
Stabilizer : Yes
Cartridge pusher : Yes. Replaced by a Dixon copy
Maker : G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY Ltd, Carver Street, Sheffield
Markings : “G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY’S .” and “12” on press lever
Biggest length : 300 mm
Weight : 637 grams
Length of shell tube : 62 mm. (“full barrel”)
Suspension of press lever : Single
Press handle : Flat steel lever with ebony handle. The complete tool has been glass blasted. So there no blue or case hardening left
Turning handle : Steel turning lever with ebony handle
Closing cup : Steel
Materials body : Brass
Paint : Because of the glass blasting there is no paint left.
Table clamp : Top rectangular with 3 deep ribs. Screw top round without pins.
Condition : Reasonable
Repairs : None
Remarks : Cartridge pusher has been replaced by a Dixon replica
The only written information available is from the (Cornell Publications) reprint of the Hawksley catalogue from 1889. This catalogue is not complete. There are tools that are not mentioned in this catalogue.
Unlike Dixon, Hawksley does not list the catalogue numbers on the tools themselves. It is therefore often a matter of guessing what the catalogue number of a tool is. I have done my very best to achieve some ranking.
Most of the Hawksley bench rest closers – apart from the A50 and (A)A44 models – have numbers with an (A)A70 in the number. Actually, the only exception is the A31C. That the tool with the Dixon no.5 press lever.
The best quality Hawksley tools have horn handles. The 2nd and 3rd quality tools have ebony handles. Quite often it is very difficult to tell the difference between ebony and horn. The kind of horn (buffalo?) Hawksley used is very dark; black. Just as ebony. If you have both materials in a pure form you can heat them and smell the difference. The handles of loading tools however are always a bit greasy. That means that you always get the same scent.
The 1889 catalogue describes the A70LS as follows:
A70LH Full Barrel Turnover, Horn handles, case hardened lever and disc, pusher out, superior quality
“A70LS Do. do. Steel disc en ebony handles”