A late 19th century camphor wood campaign secretaire chest with decorative brass inlay bordering each drawer with fleur-de-lys style corners. The top section has a central drawer over two deep drawers and is flanked by one large drawer and two smaller drawers. The centre folds down to a felt covered writing slope which can be folded on itself again to reveal a slim drawer, pigeon holes and a small locakable cupboard. One of the smaller drawers has a recess for inkwells and a pen tray. The bottom section has two drawers, is brass bound and is set on castors. The chest also has a carved galleried back and sides which can be removed if preffered.
Campaign or Military furniture was popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, when military campaigns took place during the expansion of the British Empire. British officers of high social standing would carry the pieces around with them for home comforts and storage, piecing them back together for use. Camphor wood was used in campaign furniture due to its durable density and insect repellent properties.
Superb 19th Century Camphor Wood Campaign Secretaire