A mahogany Campaign Chest by York House, also known as the Junior Army & Navy Store.
Their catalogue listed the chest as ‘No. 1 – Plain Drawers’ in the section of ‘Portable Chests Of Drawers Etc.’ Chests with Escritoires were also available. This chest could be purchased in teak or mahogany at the same price of £6. All the drawers were sold fitted with ‘strong Lever Locks’ but you could have a Bramah lock fitted to one drawer for a further 15 shillings. The original buyer of this chest did just that.
The drawers are cut with a simple line mould to their edges and have ash linings with quadrant mouldings. The round maker’s label is inset to the top edge of the right short drawer and notes ‘York House, Regent Street, London’.
This is a standard format chest but elevated by having a maker’s label. Late 19th Century.
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