19th century English military campaign chair

//19th century English military campaign chair

19th century English military campaign chair

£2,750.00

Rare antique English mahogany folding military campaign chair.

Height: 40″
Width: 22″
Depth: 20″
Ca.: 1820-1830

Description

Retaining its original brass mounts including large scale castors. Caned, close-nailed seat and curved back.
In superb condition overall.

With an old brown leather cushion and matching close-nailed upholstered hinged arm rests.
With a hinged folding foot rest.

Early 19th century, ca 1820-1830.

NB.
Any furniture specifically made to break down, or fold, for ease of travel can be described as military campaign furniture. It was designed to be packed up and carried on the march. It has been used by travelling armies since at least the time of Julius Caesar, but it is commonly associated with British Army officers, many of whom had purchased their commissions. With the rise and expansion of the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries the demand by the military, administrators and colonists increased. British officers of high social position in the Georgian and Victorian periods (1714–1901) often carried high quality portable furniture.

Some items of campaign furniture are instantly recognisable as they were made to dismantle or fold, with brass castors and hinges in unusual places, protruding bolts, or a hinged frame. These all give clues to the functionality of the piece. However, some makers of campaign furniture were careful to ensure that their work was up-to-date and fashionable, thus making it more commercial. In such cases, much of it looked like domestic furniture.

Literature:

Victorian campaign furniture – furniture used on military campaigns in the 19th century Magazine Antiques, Sept 2000, by Nicholas A. Brawer
Camp Furniture of the Victorian Officer – Army Museum ’81, Edited by Elizabeth Talbot Rice and Alan Guy. National Army Museum
At Ease Gentlemen: A catalogue of 18th, 19th & early 20th Century Campaign Furniture and Travel Equipment. Christopher Clarke Antiques, October 2003
The Portable Empire: A catalogue of 18th, 19th & early 20th Century Campaign Furniture and Travel Equipment. Christopher Clarke Antiques, October 2004
Essential Baggage: A catalogue of 18th, 19th & early 20th Century Campaign Furniture and Travel Equipment. Christopher Clarke Antiques, October 2005
Furniture Fit For Heroes: A catalogue of 18th, 19th & early 20th Century Campaign Furniture and Travel Equipment. Christopher Clarke Antiques, October 2006
The Quartermaster General: A catalogue of 18th, 19th & early 20th Century Campaign Furniture and Travel Equipment. Christopher Clarke Antiques, October 2008
Nicholas A. Brawer, 2001. British Campaign Furniture: Elegance Under Canvas, 1740 – 1914. ISBN 0-8109-5711-6

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