Category Archives: Maritime Furniture

A Third Sea Voyage

In the comments following Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture there was some conjecture about the proliferation of cabin furniture on board ship in the eighteenth-century and how it was secured while on the high seas. A fair amount of quality … Continue reading

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Picture This VIII

If ever there was any doubt that inset campaign brasses weren’t scraped flush after installation, then this image should dispel it. George IV mahogany kneehole desk, circa 1825. (Wilkinson) Note also that the screws have been seated naturally and not … Continue reading

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Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture

Eighteenth-century campaign case furniture was normally made in two or more sections for ease of transportation, but for the most part, it was made to the same overall proportions as conventional domestic case furniture with depths ranging from 19″ to … Continue reading

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A Maritime Bureau?

This late eighteenth-century picture by the artist Mason Chamberlin depicts Royal Navy Captain, John Bentinck, with his son in a ship’s cabin (presumably aboard the Centaur). Mason Chamberlin, Captain John Bentinck and his Son William Bentinck, c.1775. I am no … Continue reading

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The Original Campaign Chair

Almost two hundred years before the Roorkhee chair was adopted by twentieth-century adventurers and militias, Windsor chairs were commonplace anywhere cheap, lightweight and portable seating was required. Black- or green-painted Windsors known as ‘forest chairs’ were used outdoors from the … Continue reading

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