Antique Teak Campaign Chest of Drawers Mid-19th Century, circa 1850
Mid-19th century Anglo-Indian Colonial Victorian teak military campaign chest of drawers circa 1850, (Number 60) featuring original flush mounted brass handles and original brass escutcheons, brass corner brackets and further brass strap-work. The rectangular solid top over two long drawers 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, comes with two working keys with tassels
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.
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.
Wood: Teak and Camphor
Original recessed brass handles
Brass bindings and corner brackets
Brass carry handles
Brass key escutcheons
Working lever locks and Tassels
Hand dovetailed drawer construction
Lovely rich colour and grain configuration
Excellent original condition
Width 41.5” inches / 106cm
Height 26” inches / 66cm
Depth 19” inches / 48cm.
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