An Anglo-Indian Brass Bound Solid Rosewood Trunk, circa 1830

circa 1830
Rosewood, brass mounts
33.5 × 37 × 59 cm
$ 1,500

Created as a purely utilitarian object in Colonial India, this trunk would have been used as a portable office, either by a local scribe or a lesser English civil servant. The top functioning as a desk and rising to reveal a myriad of compartments, trays and wells for pens, paper, ink and a tray that lifted out and revealed further storage beneath for a uniform and personal effects. The brass corner brackets and robust handles have withstood many years of trekking around India or up to one of the hill stations in the summer. It is a typical hallmark of so-called Campaign Furniture. Appreciated today for their utilitarian simplicity, this trunk combines the patina of age and use.

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