Percussion Cap Tin


The percussion cap is just as important as the powder or the projectile. Everyone has a favorite cap brand and endows it with magic powers, which one can select from various manufacturer advertisements. Over the years, fewer and fewer brands have become available, to the annoyance of some collectors. Many tins come quite plain, while others show much embellishment. The absolute showpiece is a silver tin from the firm Dixon and Sons, of Sheffield, England


                                                      Eley Bros.                                                                           Cap tin fro Italia       

                                                        London                                                                        Achille Jacobucci Cercola 


ELEY London       Eley








                   CVA                                                F. Summonte                                                          F. Joyce  
             United States                                              Italia                                                        London, England      

Dose CVA

Dose Monte









              H. Utendoerffer                                            Giulio Fjiocchi                                               CCI
                  Germany                                                     Italia                                                        United States










                                                                         RWS, Dynamite Nobel


Dynamit Nobel

D.NobelDynamit Nobel Papier           

  ...and once made in plastic, RWS                    Remington,                                                      Roth

                                                                               United States                                                 Austria


Dose neu

       Remington   Roth


unknown Factory



An accessory for which every collector would more or less lick his fingers. One finds it perhaps as a pill box or snuff can in the grandparents' night stand. It was offered by dealers as the ultimate utensil in the Seventies. Probably just adapted from another purpose.


                           Dixon & Sons, Sheffield


Dixon rund 3

Dixon rund









                        Open tin                                                                                Stamp on the back


Dixon rund 2

Dixon rund 1















                        And naturally the angular pendant, also from Dixons & Sons Top view below 

                            above view                                                                       down under view

Dixon eckig 1

Dixon eckig











"Another popular manufacturer was Edwin Blyde, also residing in Sheffield, England. This cap can could be engraved with a monogram or crest. Highly polished tin looks luxurious and makes a good impression in the revolver case. Especially engraved revolvers often came well-outfitted with various accessories."

 Edwin Blyde Dose 1 Edwin Blyde Dose 2


Naturally, the classic remains the tin item from the Seventies offered by P. Harlos-Auktion of Wunstorf. [Whether the article was produced as a snuff can or as a special percussion cap can in high-polished finish will probably remain a secret. But, in any case,] examples of this container are much sought-after today and rather expensive. Now 42 German marks seems like a lot of money to have paid for such a luxury item back then.

Dose von 1974

             Kopie von Kopie von Dixondose

            This is how the desired piece looks in the original, quite heavy, and of good form.

                 from J. Dixon & Sons in Sheffield, England. High-polished tin from England.




The twin sleeps next door!

The primer boxes are gaining more and more attention, and so another box made of tin, with the same motif as James Dixon and Son, now by Edwin Blyde appeared. 

                               Edwin Blyde                                                                 James Dixon and Son

Vergleich 5

The bsmall differences only catch the eye of the connoisseur and gave up many rustling in the past.Motif alike, but processing different.

Versuch 2 1


 Versuch 2 2 Die Frage, die sich hier stellt, wurde von der Firma Edwin       

  Blyde aus Sheffield in England, freundlicherweise, selbst

  beantwortet. In den Siebziger Jahren produzierte James Dixon

  and Son viele Utensilien für den Schwarzpulverschützen, wie

  eben auch unsere kleine Zündhütchendose. Nun konnte sich

  glücklicherweise noch ein Mitarbeiter von Edwin Blyde daran 

  erinnern, dass die Gießform schlicht und einfach an den

  Betrieb, der sich im selben Ort befand, ausgeliehen wurde. So

  einfach ist des Rätsels Lösung! Eine entsprechende Mail liegt

  uns von der Firma Edwin Blyde vor. Der große Unterschied bei

  diesen Dosen ist lediglich die Verwendung: Edwin Blyde

  produzierte nicht für Schwarzpulverschützen, sondern für den

  Genieser von Schnupftabak. Da der Schwarzpulverschütze

aber prakmatisch ist, benutzt er beide  Dosen für Schnupftabak oder die Beherbergung seiner Zündhütchen.