Dixon & Sons Extractors & other combination whistles. A Strauss
A photo of 6 examples enlarged from the Sheffield City Collection;
Model #104R made late 1870s and later, Length; 75 mm Powder primer and picker combined with dog whistle.
Here is a drawing of this model #104N as appears in the 1882 catalogue
and in the Sheffield city collection.Model #220N from the same catalogue & period.
Model #220 as seen in the catalogue and actual one in closed position.
You may note that all this combination- shooting gudgets -multitools – with whistles, used round dog call whistles that were made as separate models before.Model #220N Powder primer with outside self-acting picker for gun nipples.
Model #220N as stamped on whistle was made late 1870’s early 1880s, shows in the 1882 catalogue.
Next; Moffatt’s Patent #11396 registered 1887. It included a spring blade which comes out between the two cartridge puller claws.
2 variations by Dixon exist, with long square, slightly tapered steel key with thread to base of screw driver used to extract shells, with a screw top and without a screw top.
The next one is a very similar model that has a short octagonal key.
And the wide top whistle’s ring bands of 3 and 2 rings are replaced
in location. Take a close look.
12 gauge extractor with nipple key and screw driver.
Closer view of a similar one to the one on right in group photo. (whistlecollection)
Last one, a simpler Dual Function, leads us to the next See next paragraph. Model #1173R was made using a Britannia metal whistle and Brass extractor.
Extractor & Whistle Dual Function combinations
Above excerpt from Dixon & Sons 1883 catalogue.
As pointed out in my article about various extractors way back two main types are folding and none folding, ( Three Claws & two Claws subdivision) .
while the number of multifunction combination whistles is limited, less of a dozen variations there are way more Dual Functions ones made by Dixon & Sons, I will bring few of the many and I shall note some early examples were not yet found or identified as Dixon’s.
The gauges or bore varies, 8″, 10″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 22″.
The 12″ gauge being the most common by far.
Nothing like a nice stamp to make identification easy and validate maker
Dixon & Sons used the stamp below after 1879 another stamp an earlier one was
used Pre 1879 a two line stamp less often met with;
Above a group of three none folding extractors displaying 3 of the window types used by Dixon in round whistles as well, The Sheffield window, The Rectangular Window and the Notched window. The middle one is older.
Same as the whistle on left in group of three above, but with a short extractor:
The Sheffield Window in a folding extractor, with these the Frame or large loop varies, the curvature varies from maker to maker, here are two examples of the distinct Dixon type.
Same “Frame-Loop” on a rectangular window round pea, here one can see the “Sheffield pip” through the window.
Next is an example using a 4th type the “notched crown” window.
One of the finest extractors models, had a name “Nimrod” an ancient biblical name which became a synonymous with a ‘great hunter’, sometimes Stamped on whistle.
The Nimrod Extractor is one of the finest, with stepped top to whistle.
The next one has a SCREW TOP extractor, nite the left corner of the photo,
showing it unscrewed.
The next two have a “Sheffield fipple”
Both may had been made by Hawksley.
All the examples above seem to be well post mid 19th century, that is later 2nd period and 3rd, I feel that extractor & whistle combinations need a further study
and there are many earlier ones not seen yet, hopefully later this year I will update some. Here is a much earlier one made of plated still, and I bring it as an example of an early one, I did not identify it as Dixon’s although it does have the sharp cut to the loop. A good way would be to print the claws by dipping it in ink
and stamping, then compare it with others.
Other Dual Function Combination Whistles.
Railway – carriage key of a previously unseen design, any one who know more about this key type kindly comment.
Bottle opener A folding double helix-marked; S-PATT and-with the bell trademark of Brookes and Crookes Sheffield.
The double helix is James Wilsons British Patent 898 of March 3 1877nMade by Dixon&Sons.
The next part is soon to be uploaded. Double end whistles and more.
Here are the other 7 previous parts of this article.
To be updated.
I wish to thank L. Bailey for some of the photos and whistlecollection see website as well.
Part I (6 chapters)
Brief History and data (19th Century)
Part I.a. Round whistles by Dixon & Sons;
Early Period Round Whistles and ‘The sheffield Mouthpiece & Fipple’ I. a.,
Round Ivory & Horn I.b.
Animal Head Whistles, I.c.
Round Brass & German Silver Whistles. Signal Whistles and ‘Pig nose’ Whistles
Round Britannia Metal Whistles & Model #49. Part I.e.
More whistles by Dixon & Sons, including
Beauforts II. a.
Extractors, combination whistles, Shooting Gudgets and other combination whistles. II. .b
Part II .c Other Rare Whistle Models & Designs
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