I am a collector of firearms made by the Birmingham,
England firm of William Powell & Son – a family-run business from 1802
to 2008. I am in the process of writing a book about their history with
an emphasis on their most important patent - UK number 1163 of 1864.
Powell records refer to it as "Our No. 1 Patent Action." Collectors know
it as the "lift-up lever" or just the "lifter." Rifles and shotguns were built on this design well into
the 20th Century.
I am hoping to locate company catalogs, correspondence
and other relevant paperwork and photographs.
I would like to correspond with owners of Powell firearms
regarding a number of technical questions. In 2011, I spent ten days at
Powell, which is now located in Banbury, England copying information
from their ledgers. Of particular interest to me are –
If you’re willing to assist, please contact me at –