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Rare set of 5 numbered C19th iron-bound oak Country-House 'silver-chests'
Rare set of 5 numbered C19th iron-bound oak Country-House 'silver-chests' . A consecutively numbered set of chests or trunks originally made to transport the silver of an English noble family from town to country residences. Heavily constructed with all original iron-bound strapping , hasps and carrying handles. Each chest has been adapted to house a single fitted removable tray above the open void beneath. All locks have been altered and do not function , and no keys are present.
Each chest has a gently arched dome-top profile , but are flat enough for use as a table .
All fitted with an engraved brass plaque numbered 1-5 , bearing the inscription "The Hon. Hubert Beaumont" . Hubert Beaumont (1864-1922) was a British Liberal Party politician , styled The Honourable from 1906.

Would work well in either a large domestic setting or in a commercial environment as tables or storage chests.
Cleaned and waxed .
No.1. W 30" x H 25" x D 21"
No 2. W 31" x H 25" x D 23"
No 3. W 30" x H 25" x D 21"
No 4. W 30" x H 26" x D 21"
No 5. W 30" x H 25" x D 21"
England c.1860
Ref: ML 1512
Price: £3,500





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Fine C18th Dutch Colonial palisander and ebony bronze-mounted chest.
Fine C18th Dutch Colonial palisander and ebony bronze-mounted chest . Rare rosewood/palisander chest with ebony mouldings. Fitted with large cast-bronze side carrying handles with pierced back-plates, pierced escutcheon plate and large 'cabouchon' domed studs to lid . Stands upon original loose/detachable turned bun feet on 'trestle' base frames with bracket-style rear supports (loose for ease of transportation).Has a great bold presence together with a highly decorative quality , whilst also being a useful piece of period storage furniture.

Made in Dutch colonised Java, known as Batavia , these heavily-constructed costly storage chests were functional status symbols ,serving as an ostentatious display of wealth amongst the Dutch colonists. These type of chests were made for officers of the Dutch East India Company (the trading company known as the 'VOC' ) and would have been used during their various postings throughout the colonised trading countries. A rare survivor in great original condition, cleaned and waxed.

A type of chest often found adorning the halls and landings of fine English country-houses. Retains it original functioning lock and key.
Provenance: Buscot Park , Oxfordshire.
W 54"
D 27"
H 33".
Dutch East Indies c 1760.
Ref: MLDW147
Price: £2,350





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Early C19th Chinese export brass-bound and studded burgundy leather-covered camphor trunk .
Early Chinese export brass-bound and studded burgundy leather-covered camphor trunk .

Decorative China Trade camphor-wood travelling chest or trunk with aged and deeply patinated red/burgundy leather covering .

Brass-bound for strength and durability with dome-stud decoration. Fitted with heavy-gauge brass lifting/carrying handles to each end . The front with a decorative swagged stud design, fitted with a shaped Chinoiserie-style escutcheon plate and supplied with its original steel key . The hinged lid with central oblong re-entrant corner studded design , the front edge fitted with a ring handle. Constructed in highly-scented exotic camphor wood to deter moths and pests ,and in order to provide the contents protection from such deterioration .

In good original order with some marks , scuffs and dents to the metal-work and leather exterior commensurate with age, use and purpose. Minor losses to stud-work. Desirable decorative deep red hue , setting it apart from the usual black leather variety.

Would work well as a coffee table with useful storage.

H 16"
W 36"
D 17"
China c.1825
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £1,100





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Late C19th/ early C20th Chinese red painted and lacquered leather chest or trunk on stand , with gilt decoration.
Late C19th/early C20th Chinese red painted and lacquered leather chest or trunk on stand, with gilt decoration.

Highly decorative oblong chest on custom-made detachable red-lacquered wooden stand.

Fitted with bronzed metal double lock hasps to the front , each end fitted with twin bronzed metal carrying-handles . The gilt decoration to the front and sides featuring dragons and mythical creatures, pavilions in landscapes , clouds and auspicious lucky bat motifs . The reverse in plain red lacquered finish .

The lifting lid enclosing a clean 'natural' leather coloured interior.

Would work equally well with or without the stand as a wonderfully decorative coffee table or at the end of a bed for a blanket or linen chest.

In good original condition with minor rubbing to the edges and some ring marks to the lid commensurate with age ,use and purpose.

Good wide ,deep proportions and practical height.

H(on stand) 25"
H (without stand) 19"
W 39"
D 27"
China c.1900
Ref: ML 1703
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Late C18th iron-bound oak silver-chest with provenance and later personalised painted military campaign letter-work.
Late C18th iron-bound oak silver-chest with provenance and later personalised painted military campaign letter-work. Heavy-duty oak strong-box or 'silver-chest ' which has been employed during distinguished military service by Major General Sir Herbert Jervoise Huddleston M.C,DSO and bar, KCMG,GBE,GCMG. b.1880 d. 1950. Known as one of the last great imperial proconsuls , Major General Huddlestons military career reads like a 'Boys Own' adventure novel. Commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1898, he served in the Boer War , World War I , Sudan, and Eastern Command in India. He became Commander for the Baluchistan District in India in 1935 , where this chest obviously served with him.
The C18th oak chest is fitted with a rare patented late C18th "Barrons" lock ,with crowned 'GR' cypher. The significance of which being its extreme level of security and sophistication for the period, and fitted to a chest designed to carry valuable contents (ie .aristocratic or noble silver).
Fitted all-over with iron strapping and double carrying-handles to the ends. Has a gently-domed lid with an iron hasp to cover key-hole (lacks key) The interior void of fitments . The base has been fitted with 3 teak 'sledge' runners which allow the chest to be moved /dragged easily. Has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
A great storage chest with significant military historic associations, provenance and decorative value.
W 35"
D 22"
H 26"
England c1790
Ref: MLBO 1301
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Interesting and practical early C20th brass-mounted leather trunk or chest.
Interesting and practical brass-bound leather trunk or chest.

Useful decorative leather trunk with hinged lid and padded interior . Reinforced bridle-stitched leather corners and patinated brass strapping and hasp locks . The sides fitted with stitched and padded leather loop strap handles . The top mounted with large dome-headed brass studs .

Decorated to sides and top with Chinese characters and calligraphy (apparently translating as "Vetinary") . The front decorated with an applied cut-leather stylised flower-head applique, the keyhole cover-plates of a matching design .

Could be used for a multiple of purposes . The interior would hold approximately 20 bottles of wine vertically or a large quantity of magazines, newspapers ,toys ,DVDs , CDs ,slippers ,boots etc etc etc .

The leather having obtained a rich waxed patina with only minor scuffs and water stains . The hinge of the lid in excellent order .

H 19"
W 28"
D 13"
China, Asia c.1920
Ref: ML 1611
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C19th Chinese export brass-bound military campaign travelling trunk in camphor wood.
C19th Chinese export brass-bound military campaign / travelling trunk in camphor wood .


Made from well-figured exotic tropical camphor wood , to repell insects and prevent infestation in hot climes.

Brass strappings and brass-capped strengthened corners , fitted with carrying handles to the ends .
The top with unengraved /vacant brass name plaque , the front of lid with inset brass lifting handle , below is a brass lock-plate (no key).

Strongly-scented interior with characteristic camphor smell , the exterior of good pale colour.

Has knocks and dents commensurate with age and use . The lid closure with minor warp.

Useful coffee table or storage chest .

H 16"
W 35"
D 17"
China c.1860
Ref: ML 1610
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Mid C17th carved oak 3-panel coffer.
Mid C17th carved oak 3-panel coffer.

Compact-size Civil War period coffer with triple panelled lid and front ,with good guilloche carved detail to uprights and deeply fluted carved top rail front . Some historic repairs to front of lock-plate area and minor built-up repair to one front foot stile , probably due to earlier rot .

The shaped iron hinges possibly old replacements .

Panelled back and ends .

Good original waxed finish with pleasing colour and patina. No splits , or damage .


H 25"
W 47"
D 22"
England c.1650

Ref: ML 1610
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