British Colonial Teakwood Mandalay ChestLate 19th century
A British colonial travel chest or Mandalay chest made of teakwood. It is inset with brass strap work and brass string floral inlay to the front. It also boasts two brass-locking clasps to the front of the box and a central chiming locking mechanism. The purpose of the chiming lock was that the owner, or nearby persons, would be able to hear if thieves were trying to un-lock the box and steal its contents! When the key is turned, an audible bell rings several times. The outside of the chest further incorporates a deep narrow lockable drawer with the original recessed brass handle. The sides with iron carrying handles. The chest has a deep lid that opens to reveal a fitted interior with several lidded compartments as well as a lift out tray which reveals a large inner storage space. The lid interior features a central mirror flanked by beautifully carved niches with pilasters and two smaller mirrors. This beautiful chest stands on a solid base.
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 Burma teak wood that this piece has been made of has a warm colour and an attractive, straight grain.
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British colonial Burma
H: 52 cm W: 82 cm D: 43 cm
H: 20½” W: 40½” D: 17”