UK HAW MF A49 Prototype ?

CODE UK HAW MF A49 Prototype ? Categories: , Product ID: 3179


Item number                           :           UK HAW MF A49 Prototype ?

Origin                                     :           England

Style                                       :           MULTI  FUNCTION

Gauge                                     :           12

Functions                               :           Closer, rammer

Suitable for pinfire                 :           Yes

Stabilizer                                :           No

Maker                                     :           G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY, Carver Street, Sheffield

Markings                                :           “SS16” at the down side of the top of the table screw

Biggest length                        :           260 mm

Height                                    :           250 mm

Weight                                    :           1,197 grams

Length of shell tube               :           64 mm inside from closing cup to end

Press lever                               :           Steel with horn handle.

Turning lever                          :           A very unusual Hawksley-like closing plate. Prototype?

The handle is also non-typical.

Closing cup                            :           Brass

Cartridge pusher                    :           N.a.

Materials body                       :           Brass body

Paint                                       :           There are not the slightest remains of paint.

Probably this tool has never been painted.

Table clamp                            :           Top duck foot with 3 sharp steel pins.

Screw top is big round without pins

Condition                               :           Good

Repairs                                   :           None

Remarks                                 :

The 1889 catalogue states:

“A49 Hawksley’s Patent Turnover and Filling Machine, superior quality, Horn handles”


The A49 has a funnel. This one does have a loading tube without a funnel but with a horn top.  The top of the loading tube doesn’t look like it is original. A hard top of a loading tube is not exceptional. Also see UK HAW MF A49 WF. But a leather cover doesn’t look like it is factory made. However this tool is also exceptional because of the turning lever.


The Turning lever is exceptional. It is not as the usual A49 lever. But it is so beautifully professionally made, that is hard to believe that it is home work. I like to believe that it is a prototype.

Additional information


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