British Colonial Camphor SuitcaseMid 19th century
An antique British colonial suitcase in beautifully grained camphor wood, strengthened and simultaneously ornamented by brass mounts on the sides and all corners. The lid and sides are fitted with slats and brass nails, a small recessed handle and two luggage latches at the front. On the sides black leather 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.
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British colonial India
H: 36 cm W: 108 cm D: 67 cm
H: 14” W: 42 ½ D: 26 ½”