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The Campaign Trail I

My good friend, Simon Clarke, of Christopher Clarke Antiques, emailed me over the weekend with details of an interesting campaign table he has at the moment (figure 1). Fig. 1. Mahogany and inlaid campaign table, circa 1790. (Christopher Clarke Antiques) … Continue reading

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Arthur Wellesley

Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Arthur Wellesley was born in Dublin on this day in 1769. The Iron Duke forged a stellar military career defeating the French time and again. During the Peninsular Wars Wellington saw off the … Continue reading

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A Secretary all at Sea

Three key features point to this two-piece campaign chest as having been made for maritime use; the most obvious being its shallow 14-1/2″ depth. George IV brass-bound teak secretaire chest, circa 1820. (Richard Gardner) The second indication is the chest’s … Continue reading

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Picture This XXIV

Amongst the items up for auction in Christie’s Interiors sale on the 18th of March 2014 is lot 73, an unusual Regency mahogany campaign draughtsman’s or cartographer’s table. Mahogany campaign draughtsman’s table, circa 1815-20. (Christie’s) The top hinges inwards and … Continue reading

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Sea(t) Worthy

Continuing with the thread of blogs on maritime furniture, I came across this folding chair, typical of many used aboard warships in the late eighteenth-century, which were designed to be easily stowed during battle. Fig. 1. Mahogany Hepplewhite folding chair, … Continue reading

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Picture This XIX

Split (two-part) domestic chests of drawers (figs. 1 – 4) were relatively common in the last quarter of the seventeenth-century and the eighteenth-century. Fig. 1. Circa 1685 walnut frame-and-panel split chest. Fig. 2. Side view. Fig. 3. Back view. Fig. … 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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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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Making a Campaign Table – Part Three

This simple little table went together quite quickly. The gate hinges absorbed a little time, however, the top was straightforward, being attached with two face-mounted brass hinges. The entire table was oiled to clarify and deepen the chatoyance of the … Continue reading

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