British Colonial Camphor Campaign Chest of DrawersMid 19th century
A beautiful antique British colonial campaign chest of drawers made of camphor, the top portion with six short drawers and one central secretaire drawer above one long drawer. The secretaire drawer pulls out and drops down to reveal a writing surface and a fitted interior with compartments and a small central cupboard. The lower section has two deep long drawers and rests on a base standing on bun feet. All of the drawers are flush fitting with the original brass handles and have ebony banding around the edge. Solidly constructed of wide single planks of camphor.
Campaign or “knock down” furniture was portable military furniture and used by British officers when they set out for a campaign in India. However, because campaign furniture was extremely versatile, it also appealed to home owners who appreciated its elegance, strength and ease of storage. Find out more about Campaign furniture here.
The campaign chest has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing. The camphor wood has a rich warm shade with a striking grain.
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British colonial India
H: 117 cm W: 118 cm D: 51 cm
H: 46 ” W: 46 ½ ” D: 20 ”