Secretaire Naval Campaign Chest

Secretaire Naval Campaign Chest

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This mahogany, two part campaign chest is of small proportions and has a secretaire to the top drawer, important for an officer to carry out his paperwork.

Although it does not have casters, as you would expect of a Naval Chest, the gallery to the top strongly suggests it was intended for use on board ship. There are also carrying handles to the side, which would be used for tying down the chest.

Adkin notes in 'Trafalgar - A biography of a battle' that the surgeon would use the midshipman's chests, lashed together with tarpaulin on which to lay out the wounded sailors, in the absence of a table. The chest is of good quality, stands on bracket feet and has a reeded, fiddle gallery moulding to the top.

A good, early example of a military chest. Early 19th century.

Dimensions:

Height 98.5 cm / 39"
Width 90 cm / 35 12"
Depth 42 cm / 16 12"
Period

Early 19th century.

Medium

Mahogany

Country

England

Style

Naval Furniture

Exhibitions
England Expects

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