Victorian Camphor Military Campaign Chest of Drawers Mid 19th Century (Circa 1850) Number 26
Mid 19th Century Anglo-Indian Colonial Victorian Camphor Military Campaign Chest of Drawers circa 1850, (Number 26) featuring original flush mounted brass handles and original circular brass escutcheons, brass corner brackets and further brass strap-work. The rectangular solid top over two short drawers and one long drawer, all raised on 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 expert furniture restorer. There are age related marks 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 and brass carry handles to the sides, one of which is damaged. 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 retains its original 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
Original recessed brass handles
Brass bindings & corner brackets
Brass carry Handles
Brass key escutcheons
Working lever locks
Hand dovetailed drawer construction
Original turned feet
Lovely rich colour & grain configuration
Excellent original condition
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Width: 38” Inches / 97cm
Height: 28” inches / 71cm
Depth: 22” Inches / 56cm
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