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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19th century Camphorwood secretaire campaign chest, Provenance: Allport Family

A 19th century campaign chest, with two short drawers above three long all inset with brass mounts and handles. Raised on turned feet, 103 cm high, 106 cm wide, 55 cm deep

19th century Campaign chest, in mahogany with brass fittings, raised on original turned feet, a pair of secretaire drawers over three banks of drawers, in two parts, height110 cm, width98.5 cm, depth47.5 cm

Antique campaign chest of drawers, in two parts, 96 cm wide, 51 cm deep, 101 cm high

An Anglo-Indian brass bound teak campaign chest of drawers, early 19th century, 124 cm high, 119 cm wide, 54 cm deep

An early 19th century mahogany military campaign split chest, the upper section with three drawers, the lower section with two drawers, all with recessed brass handles and keyhole escutcheons, raised on squat bun feet. 98.5 cm x 47 cm x 1060. Brought to Ne

19th century teak two stage campaign chest with galleried top, two short and three long drawers, with dished handles on bun feet

19th century mahogany two stage campaign chest traditional design with two short, three long drawers, brass handles and corners

A English walnut campaign style chest of drawers, 19th century in two sections 107 cm high, 100 cm wide, 52 cm deep

Early 19th century mahogany split military chest two short and three long drawers on turned feet Ex Captain Tilly

An Anglo Indian teak secretaire campaign chest, late 19th century, with brass fittings and carry handles, the central fall front drawer enclosing pigeon holes and drawers, flanked by short drawers above lower section of three drawers, 107 width x 51.5 dept

An Anglo Indian teak campaign chest, late 19th century, with two stages, brass fittings and carry handles, two short above three long drawers, on bun feet, 106 width x 55 depth x 110 cm height. Condition: Repair to one bun foot, brass fitting to one drawer

An early nineteenth century mahogany brass bound campaign chest of drawers. Height 84 cm, width 88 cm, depth 46 cm

A painted Campaign chest, English, 19th century and later Painted MHS York, Portsmouth 1872, 78 cm high, 86 cm wide, 45 cm deep

19th century teak two stage secretaire campaign chest of neat proportions, brass corners and folding handles on bracket feet

Mid 19th century mahogany two stage campaign chest traditional design with brass corner and moulding handles on turned feet

Victorian mahogany campaign chest with brass handles and fittings, 101 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 112.5 cm high approx

Rare Anglo-Indian campaign mahogany chest of drawers mid 19th century with its original two-part fitted transit packing case, the chest in two parts with two short and three long drawers on detachable bun feet, with brass-bound corner mounts. Provenance: P

A 19th century camphor wood split military chest, the upper section with two drawers over one drawer of full width, the lower section with two drawers of full width, all with recessed brass handles, brass carrying handles to the sides, brass capping and bi

Victorian teak campaign chest on chest with brass handles & secretaire top

Antique mahogany campaign chest with 3 drawers, brass straps and handles, 90 cm wide, 42 cm deep, 80 cm high

An English oak brass-bound campaign chest, circa 1860. 98 cm high, 106 wide and 49 cm deep

A mahogany campaign chest, English, 19th century, good patination and of typical form approx. 98 cm high, 106 cm wide, 49 cm deep

An Anglo Indian Secretaire campaign chest, camphor wood and brass, second quarter of the 19th century, separating into two sections, the upper section having a fall front secretaire drawer flanked by a single and two smaller drawers respectively, below whi

An Anglo-Indian campaign chest, camphorwood, ebony and brass strung, second quarter of the 19th century, separating into two sections, the upper section comprising two half width and a full width drawers, the lower section comprising two full width drawers

A Victorian mahogany military split chest, two short over one full width drawer to the top section, two full width drawers to the base, brass recessed handles, raised on bulbous and tapered legs, minor attention required

19th century two stage campaign chest by Ross & Co. Dublin, of traditional design with brass corners folding handles, Brahmah locks, the top left drawer with manufacturers label

19th century mahogany and brass bound two stage campaign chest, traditional form with Bramah locks, folding brass handles on turned feet

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

A 19th century mahogany campaign chest, raised on bracket feet, the lower half with two full width drawers, the top with one full width and two of half width, inset brass drawer handles and with brass handles to the sides of both portions, brass strapping,

A gentlemen’s campaign chest on bun feet, English, 19th century, 108 cm high, 75 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A good 19th century mahogany secretaire campaign chest. Two section split form, with secretaire. The fall enclosing birdseye maple drawers and pigeon holes, red leather inset writing surface, all above three long drawers, inset brass corner capping, strapp

A Georgian mahogany small proportion military campaign chest of four drawers in two sections, each drawer with oak lining, the fronts with beaded edging and inlaid recessed handles (some parts absent), wrought iron carry handles fixed to either side, the f

A 19th century mahogany military campaign chest of unusual configuration, by the 'Army & Navy C.S.L. (Makers)', in a configuration of two drawers above three of full width, the upper section right hand drawer opening as a secretaire and with an interior fi

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

19th century mahogany two stage campaign chest two short and three long drawers all with brass handles and fittings

19th century teak two stage secretaire campaign chest the secretaire drawer fall front and pigeon hole interior, three further drawers below on bracket feet with flush brass handles and corners

A 19th century campaign chest with brass mounts, recessed bale handles and side carrying handles; Bramah locks; turned feet. Height 116 cm. Width 100 cm.

A 2 door campaign chest with lidded drawers, mid 19th century, walnut and mahogany?. The chest comprises of 12 drawers each having, fitted covers with brass handles, with two wrought, iron carrying handles opposite ends. Height 42 cm. Width 96 cm. Depth 42