Campaign Chests & Boxes

If you served overseas during the years of the European Empires, you were quite often transferred from post to post whether you were in the military or a civilian. ‘Campaign Chests’ served to not only carry your belongings but also to serve as furniture, thus the beautiful exotic woods used in their construction. Methods of travel in those days were often arduous so chests and boxes were built with corners and edges wrapped in protective and strengthening brass straps giving the chests their distinctive look. ‘Cash Boxes’ were an everyday item found in merchants shop throughout India. Cash Boxes were used to hold the days business proceeds. Divided into different sections they often have a secret compartment. Today they make wonderful jewelry boxes. In India ‘Dowry Chests’ held the brides ‘gift’ to her new husband family and her own belongings that she would take with her. The wealthier you were the more numerous and ornate the chests.

 Rajasthani Chest

Four legged teak chest with iron strapping from Rajasthan

Size:

38-3/4″ L  x 26-7/8″ W  x  24-1/4″ H

Year:

Early to mid 20th century

Price:

$675

Gujarati  Dowry Chest

Gujarati Dowry Chest made of Teak wood with iron strap work, handles and details.  Wooden wheels.  Excellent example.

Size:

50-1/2″ W  x  29-1/2″ D  x  39″ H

Year:

late 1800’s – early 1900’s

Price:

$2225.00     SOLD

 Damchiya-Rustic Painted

Beautiful hand carved console was made in the Gujarat region of India. Traditional Indian design featuring horses on each side, geometric designs, and scrolling. Mortise and tenon construction. Original ochre colored paint beautifully combines with the dark wood on this piece. Front door opening with two old iron latches. Antique, wear consistent with age.

Size:

51″ L  x  29″ W  x  35″ H

Year:

Early 20th C.

Price:

$1275.00

Strong Box

A very large teak Strong Box from Karaikkal on the Nagapatnam Coast of India. Strong box was constructed with double heavy forged iron handles and latches to protect the valuables it would have contained.

Size:

59-1/4″ W  x  29-3/4″ D  x  36″ H

Year:

Circa 1860’s

Price:

$2550.00

 Campaign Chest-Painted

Teak campaign chest with a nice patina of old reddish painted. Wear consistent with age.

Size:

40″ L  x  23″ W  x  20-3/4″ H

Year:

20th C.

Price:

$625.00  SOLD

 Cash Box-Teak

British colonial teak cash box. Boxes like these were used by shop owners in India. Accented by brass straps, corners, and a center medallion on top. Has a divided compartments, plus a paper holder inside.  Refurbished condition.

Size:

14-3/4″ L  x 10-1/4 W   x 8-1/2 H

Year:

Early 20th C.

Price:

$300.00

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