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...Other examples can be found that were made in India in the late 19th century, for use by the occupying British army, in local timbers such as camphor wood and teak, which resembles a paler version of mahogany when polished but without the grain markings.
The campaign chest is the most commonly seen item, but a wide variety of items were produced including beds, chairs, tables and desks.
Because of its situation, use and frequent moves, campaign furniture often bears the scars of its extensive travelled life.
A honey oak campaign games table 19th century. The folding table with an 'X' frame stretcher base, having fold out metal rings to each corner and four shallow metal bound wells for game pieces, two drawers, one lockable and both fitted with various
A mahogany campaign style desk, early 20th century, English made, the desk with a brown tooled leather top above three drawers with faux cockbeading and having swing handles over square backplates with recessed cups, and raised upon square form straight le
A pair of American folding mahogany chairs, circa 1940s-50s, with label of Tell city Indiana, the spade back campaign style chairs with an octagonal and plume form midrail having a cushion seat upholstered in white and aqua 'Lotus pod' patterned cotton fab
Regency mahogany travelling writing desk. Fall front, inlaid with boxwood & ebonised lines. Compartmentalised interior with ink pots. on end supports with downswept legs. Key available. Purchased Phillips London Sale of 20th January 1998. Copy of original
A Victorian teak, officers campaign secretaire bureau. Late 19th century, with retailers plaque 'Army & Navy C.S.L. Makers'. The desk comes in two separate sections with lower part two drawers upon turned bun feet. The upper section has two drawers; the to
A late 19th century mahogany campaign folding desk the rectangular body of compact proportions, opening in to two sections enclosing leather stationery compartments, a writing surface, an ivory letter opener and a brass ink well holder (inkwell missing), a
Civil War folding campaign chair Believed to Have been Used by 1st Lt. John P. Reynolds 19th Regiment of Massachusetts. Turned wood with Carpeted Sling seat with Descriptive tag ˜This chair Was Believed to be Carried in the great war of the Rebellion from
An Edwardian mahogany and inlaid Sheraton style 'Bijouterie' display table. The top has an eight sided glazed display case with lift up lid. Note: tables like these are used to display jewellery, military medals and small precious objects. Height 71 cm; to
The sea chaplains : a history of the Chaplains of the Royal Navy. Plus three. Oxford : Oxford Illustrated Press, 1978. 8vo. xx, 603 p., illustrated, facsims., ports. Blue cloth boards with gilt insignia. Dust jacket with light wear. Mild browning to upper
Orders, decorations and medals awarded to New Zealanders : an illustrated guide for collectors. Plus one. Auckland : G.P. Oldham, 1991. 8vo. 116 p., illustrated. Soft cover. Mild wear. G+. Plus, 'The Oxford companion to New Zealand military history' edited
A 1830 teak military secretaire, 5 drawers, 107 cm high, 109 cm wide and 50 cm deep, engraved Mr A.K.N Tremearne, together with A Journal of the Proceedings on board Honorable East India Company's ship, Charles Grant from Port of London to China, commanded
A mahogany campaign style desk, the rectangular table with brass capped rounded corners above three drawers with recessed brass pull handles and upon trestle bases with further metal trims. Height 77.5 cm. Width 71 cm. Length 135.5 cm
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