Military Campaign Chest of Drawers Mahogany Anglo Inidian Victorian (circa 1850) Number 27
Anglo-Indian Colonial Mahogany Military Campaign chest of drawers Victorian 19th Century circa 1850, (Number 27) the two section chest with original flush mounted brass handles and original brass escutcheons. The upper section with two short drawers and one long drawer, the lower section with two long drawers all raised on turned screw on feet, the drawers are hand-dovetailed, features its original backboards, brass corner protectors and strap work, the locks stamped T Bigford maker W. Hampton, comes with one non working key with tassel.
The chest is in two sections 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 Mahogany colour, with a wonderful grain configuration to the front and sides.
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: The chest is in generally very good condition. The top is flat with no significant marks and no splits. It is of generally a good colour. All brasswork is original and present as are all of the locks and escutcheons. The left-hand side of the chest is in generally good order with only minor veneer nibbles between the joins where the top has been lifted from the bottom. The right-hand side has similar minor veneer nibbles along this join. There is a more significant old repair to the bottom right-hand rear corner of the top right by the wall. There is a section of timber approximately 1 cm wide x 8 cm tall that has been detached and repositioned. It is the original piece of mahogany and in our opinion is not a significant issue. The back panels are original and in good order. The feet are all in good condition, however they may not be original, it is difficult to tell. The chest is structurally sound with no evidence of any woodworm.
Original recessed brass handles
Brass key escutcheons
Working lever locks
Hand dovetailed drawer construction
Lovely rich colour and grain configuration
Excellent original condition
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Width: 42” inches / 108cm
Height: 36” inches / 91cm
Depth: 19.5” inches / 50cm
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