British Colonial Camphor SuitcaseLate 19th century
A British colonial suitcase in camphor wood and covered with dark brown leather. Brass mounts strengthen and simultaneously ornament the suitcase on all sides and corners. The lid, front and back are fitted with camphor slats and brass nails, the front features a small recessed handle and a brass escutcheon. On the sides brass carrying handles. The large interior is clean and can be used for storage.
The camphor wood gives off a wonderful scent, which was intended to repel pests such as moths and woodworm from infesting the wood. Camphor wood chests/suitcases were also widely used in the 19th and early 20th centuries as storage chests for seamen on their long voyages around the world.
The suitcase is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
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British colonial India
H: 34 cm W: 75 cm D: 38 cm
H: 13½” W: 29½” D: 15”