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CHE-153 1L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 2L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 3L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 4L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 5L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 6L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 7L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 8L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 9L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore
CHE-153 10L British Colonial Camphor Chest l The Past Perfect Collection l Singapore

British Colonial Camphor Chest

Mid 19th century

A British colonial travel chest in beautifully grained camphor wood, strengthened and simultaneously ornamented by brass mounts on the sides and all corners. The lid fitted with a small recessed handle on the front panel. The front with a brass escutcheon and on the sides brass carrying handles. The chest opens to a large interior with a small document compartment on the right side. The piece rests on a small base with four bun feet.
The camphor wood gives off a wonderful scent, which was intended to repel pests such as moths and woodworm from infesting the wood. Camphorwood chests were also widely used in the 19th and early 20th centuries as storage chests for seamen on their long voyages around the world.

The chest is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing. The camphor  has a rich warm shade with a striking grain.

 

South India
British colonial India
H: 56 cm W: 111 cm D: 56 cm
H: 22“ W: 43½” D: 22“

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