Learn about 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...

Learn about 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.
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A West Australian jarrah campaign style chest of drawers c.1910. Marked inner 'H. G. Hunter, maker Perth ..127 Bulwer?, Oct 4th 1910'. The chest has two half drawers, over two full size drawers manufactured in a 'Campaign style' with recessed brass handles

The Chauvel campaign chest, an Anglo-Indian teak and brass bound campaign chest, circa 1870, property of Captain (later Major) C.G.T. Chauvel, 35th Regiment the rectangular top with brass corners above four long drawers with reeded decoration and brass han

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 kauri brass bound five drawer campaign chest, divided into two for carrying with four iron side handles. Height 102 cm. Width 101 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

Colonial cedar campaign chest. Three drawer chest on two drawer base with high set turned legs. Height 113 cm. Width 99 cm D 47 cm

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 19th century cedar campaign chest with two short drawers above three long, surmounted by a two door Victorian mahogany cabinet top

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