Shrieks quality. Immaculate green leather desk box by London maker Fisher, 118 Strand.
Engraved with the initials of it`s owner, Lieutenant Colonel William Thomas Rowland Powell (1815 - 1878)
William Thomas Rowland Powell was a typical Victorian Gent, enjoying the hunting and shooting scene
Educated at Westminster; married Rosa Edwyna, daughter of William George Cherry of Buckland, Herefordshire. They had two children, George and Harriet. Harriet sadly dies of consumption at the age of 13. George never got on with his father. Their relationship got off to a bad start when William Thomas Rowland presented his young son with a shot gun and told him to shoot the first thing he saw. He shot his fatherís best prize bull!
William Thomas Rowland was a Member of Parliament from 1859 until 1865, when he had to resign due to ill health. In later years he was confined to a wheelchair and was pushed around his estate of Nanteos, Aberystwyth by his trusted servant John Morgan. In fact four wheelchairs were ordered at one time, presumably one for each floor of Nanteos and one for outdoors. An annual event, which Colonel Powell orchestrated from his wheelchair, was the great battle that took place on the front lawn of Nanteos. Hundreds of people would gather, mostly servants and tenants, and following the commands of Colonel Powell, wage war on each other.