Antique Campaign Chests also known as the Antique Military Chest, was introduced in the late 18th Century during the Napoleonic wars. These chests were built by cabinet makers to dismantle, usually into two sections as the officer would transport them around the world during the war, as the soldiers camps would move around quite often and he needed to store his clothes, valuables and equipment safely away. They would usually have brass carrying handles on the sides and also brass strapping for added stability as they did get knocked around quite a lot during travels. These lovely characterful antique chests would usually be in camphor wood or teak and quite often stamped by makers names. One of the renowned makers was Army & Navy CSL, which stands for The Army and Navy Co-operative Society Ltd from the Victorian period and they had stores was worldwide also selling other military equipment. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Antique Chest of Drawers for sale
Recently Sold Antiques
Below are a few examples of previously sold Campaign chests but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Genuine Victorian Teak Antique Military Chest / Campaign Chest. Dating from around 1890 this is a genuine antique military chest / campaign chest made from teak in the Victorian period. It consists of a two over three drawer configuration all of which are teak lined with original flush brass military handles. The piece stands on a moulded plinth with turned bun feet and has brass carrying handles on its sides. This antique chest of drawers is full of charm and character and oozes a sense of history from its years of use, the original finish merely having been cleaned up. Who knows what wars it has seen as the British Empire fought its cause around the world? It splits into two for ease of transportation, a classic design for a military chest.
Edwardian Mahogany Antique Military Chest / Campaign Chest. Dating from around 1900 and stamped ‘NO6 439’ this Edwardian antique military chest / campaign chest is made from mahogany. It has a two over three drawer configuration, all teak lined with flush brass military handles and brass key escutcheons. This very desirable style splits into two for ease of removal, a necessity in campaign furniture, and sits on later turned bun feet.
Rare Teak Victorian Antique Campaign Chest / Deeds Box. Dating from around 1890 in the Victorian period this antique campaign chest/deeds box is made from teak and in lovely condition. It is simple and stylish in design but with the most spectacular, ornate brass Rococo handles. It also benefits from a key and working lock. The interior contains two removable dividers and the hinged lid sits neatly on the base and the whole piece stands on elegantly turned bun feet. This antique chest would be the perfect hideaway for magazines and newspapers by the side of a chair whilst providing the ideal spot to place a pot of tea!
Dear James Driscoll,The chest of drawers arrived Saturday morning – at 6.30 a.m.! It’s perfect, I’m delighted with it, thank you. I will definitely keep an eye on your website.Margaret
James,I received the chest this week. It looks fantastic. Thank you for all of your help here. I was a pleasure doing business with you, could not have been an easier process. Cheers, Ricker
Hello James – just to let you know we are absolutely delighted with the chest of drawers. In fact, we could not be more pleased. Thank you. (In addition, your couriers were bang on time and very polite) many thanks and best regards Jon