20C Anglo Indian Miniature Campaign Chest of Drawers

20C Anglo Indian Miniature Campaign Chest of Drawers.

20C Anglo Indian Miniature Campaign Chest of Drawers

NICE little miniature campaign chest of drawers.

Circa 1940……..just before Indian independence……bounded in brass with recessed brass handles…..for easy carriage.

Top inlaid with brass stringing………………..each corner is banded with brass to protect it from damage whilst in carriage.

The front of each drawer, likewise, has matching brass inlaid stringing.

The chest is banded on all sides with further brass bands for protection.

Made of teak.

3 Drawers….each lined with green baize cloth.


In the early 20th Century Indian craftsmen started the manufacture of more practical modern day items such as magazine racks, trinket boxes, side tables and chests of drawers using teak wood and profusely inlaying them with brass, a natural resource that is in plentiful supply in India. They drew upon the influences of previous Indian craftsmen who made the glorious Anglo-Indian type boxes that you can see on our website. Many of the pieces they made were in a 'campaign' style............again drawing on earlier influences of making campaign furniture for their British Military Masters.
They still make these pieces to this day !


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.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_furniture


Slight damage to top..............but otherwise it is perfect !

20C Anglo Indian Miniature Campaign Chest of Drawers.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland.

Dimensions: 22.25" High, 24" Wide and 15" Deep


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