A fine English military officer’s Campaign ware secretary, fashioned as a chest of drawers, featuring a teak exterior, showing two short drawers over three long drawers. The top drawer with a faux facade of two short drawers, opening to a secretary desk with small drawers and compartments and a pull-down slope with embossed leather writing surface. The brass-bound chest, in two parts, accented with inset brass hardware and porter’s handles, resting on bun feet.
Campaign -era chests and secretaries were the travel items of British military officers who bought and commissioned them for their campaigns abroad to India and Ceylon (The Raj), indeed, the whole of the British Empire. The officers, being predominately from the upper classes, were accustomed to a certain standard of living and found it unthinkable to travel without their necessaries.