Antique Campaign Chest of Drawers 19th Century circa 1890 Number 44
Antique 19th century Colonial Military Campaign chest of drawers circa 1890, (Number 44) The brass plaque with the name C.A. Phillips E.R.A. to the top and front of chest, featuring original flush mounted brass handles, brass corner brackets and further brass strap-work. The rectangular solid top with exposed dove tailed joints over two short drawers and one long drawer, all raised on later turned legs. The brass corner brackets and brass straps were used to protect the chest whilst in transit during military campaigns. The drawers are hand-dovetailed features its original backboards. The chest is in one section for easy transportation.
Chests that were constructed in the colonies, such as this one, were usually constructed of Camphor, Mahogany and Teak. The chest benefits from a rich golden camphor colour, with a wonderful grain configuration to the front and sides, having been French polished by our expert furniture restorer. This piece of furniture would look great at the end of a bed, as a side/bedside table or used as a coffee table, lots of character that would grace any room. Mahogany, camphor and 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. Camphor is particularly resistant to woodworm, termites and other tropical infestations.
Condition report: This military chest is offered in original condition having been French polished by our furniture restorer. There are age related marks and repairs to the leading edges, top, sides and corners but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The chest features the original brass inset handles. All the hand dovetailed drawers open and close smoothly., original working locks (there are no working keys, the keys shown are purely decorative). The chest has later added turned feet, The chest has a wonderful rich flamed patina, this item is extremely well made, solid in joint and ready to use, there are no odours or smells, there is no evidence of past or present woodworm, comes with two non working keys.
Military Campaign chest
Wood: Camphor (we believe)
Original recessed brass handles
Brass bindings and corner brackets
Hand dovetailed drawer construction
Width: 38” inches / 97cm
Height: 27” inches / 69cm
Depth: 21” inches / 53cm
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