Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Cigar Case,
Lot 320
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Cigar Case,
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 41,310) inc. premium

Lot Details
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Cigar Case, Brunel's Cigar Case
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Cigar Case,
of black leather over a card carcass, with two removable end caps revealing compartments for 24 cigars each. The centre portion fitted with a small document wallet for stamps and business cards. Stamped on the front I.K.B. Athenaeum Club Pall Mall With one cheroot still in place. 10x5.5x2.5in (25x14x6.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    A single collection of Papers and Memorabilia relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Chrisities, South Kensington 29 November 1996, lot 85.

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)
    Innovator and Engineer.
    Quite possibly one of the greatest Engineers of the Victorian period, Isambard Brunel was born on 9 April 1806, the son of Marc Brunel, a French émigré and distinguished Engineer in his own right. Educated in France, he returned at the age of 16 to England and started in his Father's office, working on the prestigious Thames Tunnel project until it was suspended in 1828. A year later, he submitted plans to a competition for a new bridge over the River Avon at Bristol and was awarded the contract.
    For the next 20 years or so, Brunel was involved in a wide range of significant and innovative projects; The Great Western Railway, the completion of his Father's Thames Tunnel, the steamships Great Western and Great Britain, and the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash. His progress was only finally halted by the project to built the largest passenger steamship in the world, the Great Eastern at Millwall in London. Problems with this vessel ruined him financially and the stress resulted in his early death on 15 September 1859.

    A heavy smoker, Brunel was often depicted smoking a characteristic cheroot. In the Victorian period, it was not uncommon for Members of the Athenaeum Club to have their own cigar cases, and to use the Club's address. The Science & Society Picture Library have an image of an attache case of Brunel's bearing a similar imprint.
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