A Colonial, brass bound padouk Campaign Chest.
The padouk used for this military chest is well figured and is particularly evident to the top. The brass strap work is an inch in width and the brass corners to the top extend further down than seen on most chests. A line has been cut into the edge of the drawers to simulate cock beading which shows an attention to detail.
An unusual feature to the chest is the use of campaign drawer handles just to the sides of the bottom section. It is understandable why they used drawer handles as they probably didn’t have the larger carrying handles but why they didn’t also add them to the top section, which is harder to get an initial grip on, we cannot explain. Late 19th Century.