Small Antique English Victorian Teak & Brass Military Campaign Chest of Drawers (Circa 1830)


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Object Description

This is a fine quality antique English Regency colonial teak and brass military campaign two-part chest of drawers, with rare small proportions, circa 1830, in excellent original condition.

• Item: Campaign Chest
• Circa: 1830
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Solid teak
• Dismantles into two sections
• Rare small proportions
• Single piece top
• Original recessed brass drop handles
• Original bindings & corner brackets
• Original steel side carrying handles
• Reed moulded drawer fronts
• Original working lever locks with key
• Hand dovetailed drawer construction
• Teak lined drawers
• Original bracket feet
• Lovely mellow patination & colour
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 day UK returns period

This is a fine quality antique English Regency colonial teak and brass military campaign two-part chest of drawers, with rare small proportions, circa 1830, in excellent original condition. Constructed of solid teak with a single piece top, it features the original recessed shaped brass drop handles, with brass corner brackets and further brass strap-work. The brass corner brackets and brass straps were used to protect the chest whilst in transit during campaigns. The chest also boasts the original steel side carrying handles. The drawers incorporate fine reed moulding to the drawer perimeters. The drawers are constructed of solid teak with hand-dovetailed drawer linings and the piece features its original teak backboards. The drawers are in good working order, they are clean inside and close flush to the frame. The drawers also benefit from the original working lever locks (with working key). The chest stands on its original bracket feet. The chest splits into two sections for easy transportation. Chests that were constructed in the colonies, such as this one, were usually constructed of solid teak. The chest benefits from a rich brown teak colour, with a wonderful grain configuration to the front, sides and top.

This item would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially the bedroom. This campaign chest of drawers would certainly grace any home. So don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

Height = 89cm or 35” or 2ft 11”
Width (including side handles) = 74.5cm or 29⅜” or 2ft 5⅜”
Width (excluding handles) = 70.3cm or 27⅝” or 2ft 3⅝”
Depth = 35.5cm or 26” or 1ft 2”

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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 History

This campaign chest would have been commissioned for a member of the British Raj or a high-ranking officer in the British Army during the reign of Queen Victoria in colonial India (Calcutta) during the mid 19th Century. Teak was used extensively for military chests. “Teak, which had the advantage of only minimally expanding and contracting when exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity, was probably the most commonly used wood. It was resistant to woodworm, termites, and the occasional splash of seawater.” Source British Campaign Furniture, Elegance Under Canvas, 1740 – 1914 by Nicholas A. Brawer, page 97.

Mahogany & teak were used extensively for military chests because they had the advantage of only minimally expanding and contracting when exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity. They were resistant to woodworm, termites, and the occasional splash of seawater.

Object Condition

This military chest is in excellent original condition. There are nominal old use marks to the leading edges, top and corners but nothing significant considering the age of the item (see photos). The chest features the original brass inset drop handles and steel side carrying handles. All the hand dovetailed drawers close flush to the frame. The drawers feature the original working lever locks (with working key). The chest retains its original bracket feet and original backboards. As the chest retains its original patination, it benefits from a lovely mellow colour and a wonderful grain configuration to the top, front and sides. This item is well made, solid in joint and ready to use.

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