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19C British Mahogany Campaign Writing Slope………………….This is a lovely Mid-19th Century British mahogany writing slope.
Made for campaign purposes…..circa 1860……banded in brass for safe carriage.
Lovely red flamed Cuban mahogany……the brass medallion on the lid is unmarked…..so not yet personalized !
It still has the original inkwell but it is missing its lid……there are still remainants of the original ink which has dried out of the centuries.
There is a pen compartment and storage areas under the slope on either side.
This is a nice example of a simple military writing slope from the days of the British Empire !!!
CAMPAIGN FURNITURE: Any furniture specifically made to break down or fold for ease of travel can be described as campaign furniture. It was designed to be packed up and carried on the march. It has been used by traveling armies since at least the time of Julius Caesar but it is commonly associated with British Army officers, many of whom had purchased their commissions. With the rise and expansion of the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries the demand by the military, administrators and colonists increased. British officers of high social position in the Georgian and Victorian periods (1714–1901) often carried high-quality portable furniture.
The most common item of campaign furniture is the chest of drawers, often referred to as a military chest or campaign chest. A standard campaign chest will be made of either mahogany or teak and break down into two sections with removable legs. The brass corners and strapwork offer some protection and typify the distinctive “campaign look”.
Some items of campaign furniture are instantly recognisable as made to dismantle or fold. Brass caps to the tops of legs, hinges in unusual places, protruding bolts or X-frame legs all give clues to the functionality of the piece. However, some makers of campaign furniture were careful to ensure that their work was up to date and fashionable, thus making it more commercial. In such cases, as much of it looked like domestic furniture, it is harder to see how it dismantles. Ross and Co. of Dublin were innovators of campaign furniture design and much of their work is obviously Victorian in period. It only becomes apparent that their balloon back chairs dismantle when they are turned upside down and two locking bolts can be seen.
19C British Mahogany Campaign Writing Slope.
Provenance: Bought privately in the UK.
Dimensions: 6.2″ tall, 9.25″ Deep and 15.8″ Wide
Condition: Some natural wear (see photos).