British Colonial Camphor ChestMid 19th century
A British colonial camphor 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 two brass escutcheons, a hasp and ring and on the sides brass carrying handles. The chest opens to an interior fitted with one lidded compartment above two drawers at left hand side. 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.
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British colonial India
H: 40 cm W: 87 cm D: 44 cm
H: 16” W: 34” D: 17”