Item number : UK HAW PS D&B Patent
Origin : United Kingdom
Style : Powder measure
Maker : G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY, Carver Street, Sheffield
Markings : “G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY”, 1 1/8 Drs” on side of the cup
Weights : Drams 1 1/8
Weight : 68 grams
Materials : Nickel-plated brass cup with ebony round handle
Condition : Near-mint
Repairs : None
Absolutely beautiful tool. The steel is colour hardened in a mint condition.
These Dougall & Bartram patent powder measures are made by quite a lot of makers. I know examples of Bartram, Hawksley and Dixon.
These tools are not listed in the known catalogues
I have now 23-03-2021 2 Hawksley’s catalogues:
- Reprint of the 1889 catalogue of Cornell Publications. As usual this is a bad copy, just missing page 1, the page with the information about the powder and shot measures.
- An original catalogue from 1951 (?) when Hawksley has already been taken over by Dixon.
The 1951 catalogue only shows the flat bottom measures.
A1C Powder measure, Brass, Round Handle
A2C Shot measure, Brass, Round Handle
A1P Powder measure, Nickel-Plated, Round Handle
A2P Shot Powder measure, Nickel-Plated, Round Handle
A3C Combined Powder and Shot measure, Brass, with Rammer Handle
A3P Combined Powder and Shot measure, Nickel-Plated, with Rammer Handle
From the 1889 catalogue I can conclude that A1 stands for Powder and A2 for Shot. “R” stands for a rammer handle. But I don’t understand how the flat bottom can be distinguished from the round bottom. On this website all Hawksley powder and shot measures with a round bottom are marked with an “O” number.
The handles can be from wood (ebony or bow wood) or horn