Antique Anglo-Indian Victorian Colonial Campaign Teak & Brass Writing Box / Storage Chest (Circa 1880)


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Object Description

This is a fine quality antique Anglo-Indian Victorian colonial / campaign teak box, circa 1880, in excellent original condition. Ideal for use as either a writing, jewellery or sewing box, storage chest or small coffee table.

• Item: Writing Box / Storage Chest
• Circa: 1880
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Solid teak
• Original brass carrying handles
• Original brass hinges
• 6 Internal compartments
• Full width letter rack to lid
• Separate teak lined locking drawer
• Dovetail construction to drawer
• Original brass handle & escutcheon to drawer
• Working locks & keys
• Stunning original colour
• Original polish & patination
• No missing parts
• Good original condition
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns period

This is a fine quality antique Anglo-Indian Victorian colonial / campaign teak box, circa 1880, in excellent original condition. Ideal for use as either a writing, jewellery or sewing box, storage chest or small coffee table. The exterior of the box comprises a straight lid over a flush body. The lid retains its original working lock, with working key, and opens to reveal an interior of 6 compartments. The inside of the lid incorporates a full-width letter rack. Below, the box features a separate, teak-lined locking drawer, which features dovetail construction and retains its original brass handle and escutcheon, along with the original working lock and working key. The box sits on a flush, straight plinth.

This box is a truly classic example from the late Victorian period in colonial India and displays an attractive, utilitarian aesthetic. It is rare to see an example, which not only is in excellent condition, but also completely original.

The box features a rich teak colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This truly is a very beautiful item with quality construction and is original throughout. It is rare to see one in such good condition.

This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the office to the bedroom. This item would certainly grace any home or office and is a great investment, as it’s extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely antique piece.

Height = 28.1cm or 11”
Width = 53.5cm or 21” or 1ft 9”
Depth = 37cm or 14½” or 1ft 2½”

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
For UK buyers, we accept cash on collection or delivery; cheque, credit card, BACS (free bank to bank transfer) or PayPal. Payment is requested within 5 days of the sale. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered.

International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

This Anglo-Indian Victorian colonial / campaign teak box in excellent original condition, which is commensurate with its age. Nominal old use marks to the exterior and leading edges of the box, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. There are no missing compartments to the box interior and the letter rack is original. The box features its original external working outer lock, to the front, with a working key. The drawer is hand dovetailed, teak lined and retains its original brass handle & escutcheon, with original working lock and working key. The original brass hinges are also in good working order. The box has been cleaned and French polished in our workshop, therefore it now boasts a lovely colour and patination to the timber. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.

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Dealer Location

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Organsdale Farm
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