campaign and military - chests of drawers
campaign and military furniture. Most of the campaign furniture on the market is associated with the time of the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries when there was a high demand from military officers, administrators and colonists.
Campaign furniture is demountable, through clever use of wooden screws and sometimes metal hinges, so that it can disassembled and then packed into lots of managable size for ease of movement by ship or animal between postings or camps.
The most common example of campaign furniture is the chest, which breaks into an upper and lower section, each with brass or rope handles at the sides. The corners are protected by brass cappings, and the handles are recessed so they are flush with front of the chest. The usual form is two half drawers and three full drawers, standing on baluster legs which usually unscrew, again for ease of transport.
Many campaign chests bear the label or plate of the retailer or maker, such as the Army & Navy Stores in London or Ross & Co. of Dublin, Ireland. more...
chest of drawers. Until the mid-19th century, the standard chest had either four long, or three long and two short drawers. Rarely were there any exceptions to this rule. A chest with three drawers, or a series of small upper drawers, purporting to be Georgian, will probably have been converted from a chest-on-chest or tallboy. It is true that the 18th century commode often contain two long deep drawers, but this was a much grander and more decorative piece altogether, intended for drawing rooms, not bedrooms, and in any case was usually made to stand on legs. The standard chest of drawers continued to be made throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries (some Edwardian pine chests even had bracket feet), but variations were introduced during the mid-Victorian period, with some chests having seven or more drawers usually a deep hat drawer and smaller glove compartments. Chests with barley-sugar twist or split bobbin-turned supports date from the mid-19th century.
A teak military secretaire
chest, the upper section with a full width drawer, the front opening to reveal pigeon holes and small drawers, above two drawers of half width, the lower section with two drawers of full width, all with recessed brass handles, br
Campaign mahogany chest of
drawers, brass bound with recessed brass handles, two long drawers, three short drawers and one small drawer with brass loop handles. Height 86 cm. Depth 53.5 cm. Length 113 cm
A 19th century mahogany
secretaire campaign chest, of two section form with a secretaire drawer, the fall enclosing drawers and pigeon holes, above three drawers, inset brass corner capping, strapping and handles, raised on short turned legs. 101 cm high,
A 19th century mahogany
campaign chest, in two parts, two short and three long drawers with hidden brass handles, resting on bun feet 107 cm width x 49 depth x 95 height
A Victorian Anglo-Colonial teak
campaign chest, latter half 19th century, of typical form in two halves with two short above three long drawers, with brass flush handles to the drawers and protective brass corners throughout, brass carrying handles to the
A Victorian mahogany campaign
chest, latter half 19th century, of typical form in two halves with four long drawers, on turned feet, with brass flush handles to the drawers and sides and protective brass corners to the front. Height 107 cm. Width 91 cm. De
A good 19th century mahogany
secretaire campaign chest, traditional split form with secretaire fitted with birdseye maple drawers and pigeon holes, green baize inset writing surface, all above three full width drawers, inset brass corner capping, strapping
A 19th century Anglo-Indian
camphor wood military split chest, the top section with deep single secretaire drawer, the fall front revealing fitted interior and a leatherette writing surface above two deep full width drawers, recessed brass handles, corners
A mid-19th century cased
mahogany military style chest of drawers - Ex Ballarat. 118 x 110 x 100 cm, in superb condition, 5 drawers, period hardware, original lock on upper drawer, with fabulous dovetailing. Resting on wooden ball star feet.
A mid 19th century mahogany
campaign chest, the two sectional rectangular body with brass capped corners and an arrangement of five drawers, each with flush brass handles, flanked by iron loop handles, raised on turned feet, 99 x 112 x 47.5 cm.
A 19th century teak and brass
bound campaign chest of drawers, the rectangular top above four long drawers with brass handles, raised on bracket feet, in two sections with carrying handles to either side, 73 cm wide x 43 cm deep x 96.5 cm high
A mahogany campaign chest
, the top section with four drawers with two drawers to the lower section. Recessed brass handles to the front, iron handle ot the sides. Height 93.5 cm. Width 1100. Diameter 46.5 cm
A rare New Zealand colonial
figured kauri military type chest of two sections with two drawers above a single drawer on a base section of two full. Width drawers, all solid figured kauri with brass recessed handles, corners and fittings. Height 95 cm. Widt
19th century walnut campaign
cabinet on chest moulded cornice, cupboard below enclosed by two panel doors within scroll uprights, the split base with two short and three long drawers with steel carrying handles
A mid 18th century German
walnut, fruitwood marquetry commode, the serpentine breccia marble top above a bombe front fitted with two short, a concealed drawer and two long drawers veneered sans travers with a marquetry panel of military trophies, the sides
An Australian Victorian cedar
and brass bound secretaire campaign chest, the secretaire drawer and short drawer above three long graduating drawers on bun feet, secretaire possibly added later. Width 118 cm. Depth 48 cm . Height 113 cm
A Victorian camphorwood and
brass bound secretaire campaign chest, the top plan drawer above a central fitted secretaire drawer, flanked by two short and one deep drawer above three long drawers on turned bun feet. Width 105 cm. Depth 48 cm . Height 117 cm
A good 19th century campaign
chest, with brass inset handles and bindings, the base with two drawers and later stand, the upper section with secretaire drawer above another. Height 101 cm. Width 77 cm D40 cm
A 19th century mahogany
campaign chest in two sections with brass mounts. Width 105 cm. Depth 45 cm . Height 108 cm
A 19th century two piece
campaign chest in mahogany, with a total of five drawers, each with recessed brass bale handles and ebony inlay escutcheons (one absent), iron carry handles to the sides, the chest on original turned and reeded bun feet. Note; requ
A 19th century military or
campaign chest in mahogany and pine, the upper chest with two half drawers above a full drawer, each with brass recessed handles and escutcheons, the lower chest with two full drawers again with recessed handles in brass and plai
Victorian mahogany campaign
chest, modelled in twin sections, the upper part with a fitted sectetaire drawer, with pigeon holes and drawers and a single drawer below; the lower part with twin long drawers, all resting on turned feet, both with applied cast
, two sectional campaign chest with an arrangement of five drawers, flush brass handles and strap work bun feet
A cedar campaign chest two
sectional, having an arrangement of seven drawers with flush brass handles and strap work, bracket feet, 114 x 106 x 43 cm
A 19th century English elm
campaign chest in two sections with two short and two long drawers, brass mounts and recessed handles, flanked by cast iron loop handles, raised on toupie feet, labelled verso 'From N. Hemming & Co. Outfitters, Cabin furniture Ma