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British Military Officer's Campaign Chest Secretary of Brass-Bound Camphor Wood


A handsome English military officer’s Campaign ware chest, circa 1860, featuring a handsome camphor wood exterior with ebony trim. Showing one long drawer over a pull-out writing desk and flanked by three short drawers, over three long drawers. The brass-bound chest, in two parts, accented with brass hardware and porter’s handles, resting on shaped feet. The pull-out writing slope with green felt writing surface, opening to stationery compartments and drawer. Campaign-era chests and secretaries were the travel items of British military officers who bought and commissioned them for their campaigns abroad to India and Ceylon (The Raj); indeed, the whole of the British Empire. The officers, being predominately from the upper classes, were accustomed to a certain standard of living and found it unthinkable to travel without their necessaries.


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    Excellent. Excellent antique condition - Wear commensurate with age and use.
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 47.5 in. x W 42 in. x D 20 in.

    H 120.65 cm x W 106.68 cm x D 50.8 cm

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    Austin, TX
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