Presentation Quality Pair of Over & Under Percussion Pistols by William Powell. 12” overall, 6” 50 bore barrels, slab-sided bevel edged. The top flat signed 'W Powell', Birmingham proofs, silver fore sight decorated with engraved scrolls on top of the breeches with scroll engraved tang, scroll engraved back action locks signed ‘W. Powell’ with engraved dolphin cocks. Single triggers, trigger guard engraved with acanthus scrolls, walnut butt chequered at the grip, silver escutcheons with crest and initials of I.K.Brunel. Silver grotesque mask butt caps, swivel ramrod.
In very good condition, much original finish. Pistols of the highest quality probable made as a presentation.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel 1806 – 1859 was Britain’s most prominent engineer considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history, one of the 19thC engineering giants: first tunnel under the Thames, Great Western Railway, Clifton Suspension Bridge, SS Great Britain and Great Eastern. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering.