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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 brass clasp on the front panel. The chest has a lock on each side, which is very unusual and makes this chest quite unique. The sides also feature brass carrying handles. The chest, which stands on bun feet, opens to an interior with on the left side a lidded document compartment.
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 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.

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South India
British colonial India
H: 54 cm W: 102 cm D: 52 cm
H: 21½” W: 40” D: 20½”


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