Large Antique Anglo-Burmese Victorian Colonial Campaign Teak & Brass Mandalay Dowry Chest / Trunk (Circa 1880)


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Object Description

This is a rare antique Victorian Anglo Burmese colonial campaign teak & brass Mandalay chest, circa 1880, in excellent working condition.

• Item: Mandalay Chest
• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Wood: Teak
• Item: Mandalay / Dowry / Travelling Chest
• Provenance: Burma
• Offered as a gift to a loved one
• Profuse brass inlay strap work
• Original removable internal hinged trays
• Original internal mirror
• Original internal carved trays
• Brass carrying handles
• Original chiming locking mechanism
• Original working lock (with key)
• Later brass carrying handles
• Small narrow external drawer
• Lovely colour
• Very rare item
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• 14-day free UK returns policy

This is a rare antique Victorian Anglo Burmese colonial campaign teak & brass Mandalay chest, circa 1880, in excellent working condition. Most likely offered as a Dowry present to a loved one as part of a marriage ceremony. The chest would have primarily been used for storage or when travelling of treasured items. The box is profusely inset with brass strap work and brass string floral inlay to the to and front. It also boasts two brass-locking clasps to the front of the box. The sides of the box features replacement brass carrying handles. This Mandalay box boasts a very rare chiming locking mechanism lock, along with the original key. The purpose of the chiming lock was that the owner, or nearby persons, would be able to hear if someone was trying to un-lock the box and steal its contents! When the key is turned, an audible bell rings several times. The box opens to reveal several carved teak compartments, for storage of precious items together with a removable central well, which reveals further storage space and secret compartments underneath. To the underside of the lid there features the original mirror. Flanking the mirror, are dried flowers, possibly given by a loved one, are still enclosed within these sealed clear compartments, on the original blue wallpaper. An intricate carved ruby red painted wooden frame flanks the mirror. The outside of the box incorporates a deep narrow drawer, with original working lock and key and original flush brass handle.

This item would look great in a variety of rooms; especially the bedroom or office. It’s ideal for storing small valuable items, makeup, documents, jewellery or any other possessions.

Height = 40.5cm or 16” or 1ft 4”
Width = 71.5cm or 28⅛” or 2ft 4⅛”
Depth = 37.5cm or 14¾” or 1ft 2¾”

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.

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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.

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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 is a rare antique Victorian Anglo Burmese colonial campaign teak & brass Mandalay chest, circa 1880, in excellent working condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, but nothing significant considering its age. The box has been cleaned and French polished in our workshop, to a professional standard. Therefore, it boasts a gorgeous colour and patination, with lovely grain configuration. The hinges are in good working order and the lid closes flush to the box. A working key turns the chiming locking mechanism (which still works) to lock/open the box. The carrying handles have been replaced at some point in the past with old solid brass drop handles. As the box contains the original mirror, some foxing is present. There is ware to the inside of the original floral decoration (see photos) and original blue wallpaper on the underside of the box lid. The box is complete with the original tray inserts and original encased flowers. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.

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