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Secretaire Naval Campaign Chest

Reference
6650
Height
38 3/4" (98.5 cm)
Width
35 1/2" (90 cm)
Depth
16 1/2" (42 cm)
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.
Height
38 3/4" (98.5 cm)
Width
35 1/2" (90 cm)
Depth
16 1/2" (42 cm)
Period
Early 19th century.
Medium
Mahogany
Origin
England
Style
Naval Furniture
Exhibitions
England Expects