c19th chinese export trade camphor wood brassbound military campaign writing box

C19th Chinese Export trade camphor wood brass-bound military campaign writing box .



Item Ref

ML 205


C19th Chinese Export trade camphor wood brass-bound military campaign writing box.
High quality brass-bound military officer’s solid camphor wood portable campaign writing box and slope . The top with a retractable mechanism tambour lid , which opens when the front drawer is used . Inside the tambour closure is a rising ‘sprung ’ stationary compartment fitted with divisions and pigeon-holes .
The fold-over lid opening to form a baize-lined writing slope . The interior with ‘secret’ drawer compartments and complete with original circular ruler .
The lid inlaid with a fine ebony re-entrant corner panel line . The edges of the top with protective brass banding , the sides each fitted with a quality recessed brass carrying handle , the drawer also fitted with a recessed brass handle . The lid has a brass name-plate panel to the centre , which bears a later presentation inscription.
In excellent original condition with no damage, losses or repairs. The sweet-scented camphor has a rich golden patina and colour . The use of Chinese camphor alludes to its probable intended use in tropical climes of a military campaign, as this timber is renowned for its insect repellent properties.
* a similar lap desk is illustrated in “The Decorative Arts of The China Trade “ by Carl L .Crossman Colour plate 96 p. 248
H 9"
W 18"
D 17"
China c.1870
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Internal Ref: ML 205


Height = 23 cm (9")
Width = 46 cm (18")
Depth = 43 cm (17")

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