• Item: Campaign Chest
• Circa: 1860
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Teak
• Single piece chest
• 4ft High x 3ft 5¼”” Wide
• Single piece top
• Original recessed shaped brass handles
• Original brass bindings & corner brackets
• Diamond shaped ebony key escutcheons
• Scribe moulding
• Working lever locks with keys
• Hand dovetailed drawer construction
• Teak lined drawers
• Later turned feet (removable)
• Stunning rich colour & grain configuration
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
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A fine quality Anglo-Indian Victorian teak and brass military campaign chest of drawers, with an unusual drawer configuration, circa 1860, in excellent condition. Constructed of solid teak with a single piece top, it retains the original recessed shaped brass handles, with brass corner brackets and additional brass strap-work. Boasting a single piece top and 11 drawers, the drawer fronts are decorated with diamond shaped inset ebonised key escutcheons with fine scribe moulding to the drawer perimeters. The brass corner brackets and brass straps were used to protect the chest whilst in transit during campaigns. The drawers are constructed of solid teak with hand-dovetailed drawer linings and the campaign chest retains its original teak backboards. The drawers are in good working order, they are clean inside and close flush to the frame. The drawers also benefit from working lever locks (with working key). The chest stands on later turned feet, which can be removed by unscrewing. This is a single piece campaign chest. Chests that were constructed in the colonies, such as this one, were usually constructed of solid teak. The chest benefits from a rich brown teak colour, with a stunning grain configuration to the front and sides, having been cleaned and French polished in in our workshop.
This item would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially the bedroom. This campaign chest of drawers would certainly grace any home. So don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
This campaign chest would have been commissioned for a member of the British Raj or a high-ranking officer in the British Army during the reign of Queen Victoria in colonial India (Calcutta) during the mid 19th Century. Teak was used extensively for military chests. “Teak, which had the advantage of only minimally expanding and contracting when exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity, was probably the most commonly used wood. It was resistant to woodworm, termites, and the occasional splash of seawater.” Source British Campaign Furniture, Elegance Under Canvas, 1740 – 1914 by Nicholas A. Brawer, page 97.
Mahogany & teak were used extensively for military chests because they had the advantage of only minimally expanding and contracting when exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity. They were resistant to woodworm, termites, and the occasional splash of seawater.
A fine quality Anglo-Indian Victorian teak and brass military campaign chest of drawers, with an unusual drawer configuration, circa 1860, in excellent condition. The Campaign chest has been cleaned and French polished in our workshop. There are nominal old use marks to the leading edges, top and corners but nothing significant considering the age of the item (see photos). The Campaign chest features the original brass inset handles and brass strapwork. All the hand dovetailed drawers retain the original linings and they close flush to the frame. The drawers feature the original working lever locks (with working key). The Campaign chest stands on later turned feet (which are removable). The backboards and floor are all original. The Campaign chest benefits from a lovely rich brown teak colour and a wonderful grain configuration to the top, front and sides. This item is well made, solid in joint and ready to use.
Height = 122.2cm or 48” or 4ft
Width = 104.5cm or 41¼” or 3ft 5¼”
Depth = 54.4cm or 21½” or 1ft 9½”
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