Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK, visit our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref no 9464. A fine example of a double barrrelled percussion pistol by W Powell. Circa 1840. In 1802 William Powell and Joseph Simmons established a gunmaking partnership that seems to have lasted until about 1812. Thereafter, the independent Powell first located his business on Birmingham’s High Street and then moved to Bartholomew Row and finally, early in the 1830s, to High Street and Carrs Lane. The founding William Powell was joined by his son, also William, around 1844. While few company ledgers from that period survive, a significant number of their guns do, and they clearly exhibit the quality that would see Powell to be later known as the “Purdey of Birmingham.” The senior William Powell died in 1848 at the age of 67. Existing records suggest that about 1,000 guns had been made under his direction. The lock plates fitted with sliding safety and the makers name "W Powell" engraved on both lock plates. Finely chequered walnut grips with siliver escutcheon. .approx 56 cal, 6 inch barrels. Swivel steel captive ramrod. In good condition and working order. Overall length 11 inches. Ref 9464. This is an antique weapon and is sold as a collectors item only. No Licence is required in the United Kingdom.
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