Antique Victorian Campaign Chest by J Gieve & Sons

$1,683.50

An Antique Victorian Naval Officer's Campaign Chest in pine with a beautifully weathered patina and tons of traditional sought after features including full original interior. With large dovetail joints, metal edged lid, reinforced bound corners and edges, steel strapping, 2 wooden base runners, rear wood chock lid stay, robust hand forged steel chest handles, central cup lid handle and fully working lock with key. With 2 authentic, ornate brass plaques - one to the lid inscribed with previous owner's name 'R. E. Lubbock R.N.' (Captain Rupert Everard Lubbock) and a maker's plate to the front 'J Gieve & Sons Portsmouth & Devonport.'

The forerunner to Gieve & Sons was established in the late 18th century and went on to become the principal uniform outfitters to the British Royal Navy throughout the 19th century. Their trunks were part of the supply to naval officers to keep their dress uniforms and other naval equipment secure. The founder of the company 'Old Mel' famously tailored Admiral Lord Nelson's celebrated uniform which he wore, and in which he died, at Trafalgar. The 200 year old company which supplied generations of British Royalty acquired Hawkes & Co in 1974 to become Gieves & Hawkes of 1 Savile Row, London the oldest and most established independent tailors in the row. Gieves & Hawkes supply royal houses all over the world and famous public figures. They still produce military and court dress and continue to supply and maintain the uniforms of the Queen's personal Royal Bodyguard.

Carefully refurbished, cleaned, conserved and wax polished. Featuring knots and quirks, grains, textures and tones for a tactile finish. Interior cleaned, conserved and wax polished retaining 2 original lift out top trays and 1 removeable personal belongings box with top brass lifting handle and working lock with key. Featuring unique brass fittings to interior lid for naval equipment including telescope, sword/cutlass and candlestick holders and lockable brass lid stay.

DIMENSIONS (cm): L 107 x H 68 x D 60

NOTABLE QUIRKS: Smattering of woodworm to one of base runners, fully treated with a 3 in 1 treatment. Some corrosion to metalwork with bits missing in places. Holes from previous fixings, Shrinkage gaps. One of the interior brass lid fittings is missing a piece. Large shrinkage gap to top of lockable removeable box, lid needs care when opening. Very old repair to rear face.

DUE TO THE WEIGHT & VALUE OF THIS UNIQUE ANTIQUE CHEST A FREE PERSONAL HAND DELIVERY SERVICE IS INCLUDED TO ANY ADDRESS IN THE UK MAINLAND. WE AIM TO DELIVER WITHIN 3-5 DAYS, DATE TO BE ARRANGED FOLLOWING PURCHASE.

Vintage, pre-owned and reclaimed goods by their very nature are not new, they have their own unique quirks & imperfections. Our antique and vintage trunks & chests and hand crafted items made from reclaimed materials show signs of wear & tear, commensurate with age and previous use, which may include: knocks, bumps & dents; scrapes, scuffs & scratches; marks, stains, fading & discolouration; snags, tears, peeling & wrinkling; surface corrosion; exposed fixings; old fixing holes; missing pieces; shrinkage gaps; paint remnants; small repairs; woodworm; corroded & missing metalwork; sharp edges; newly-fitted & replacement parts including fixtures & fittings. Notable quirks are outlined in the item description.

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Care instructions

All our items are hand finished in several coats of a quality wax polish. A wax finish naturally enhances the wood and revives and protects the original patina, however it doesn't have the same protection as a lacquered finish (the type you may find on shop bought furniture). So to keep your item in tip top condition it's advised to wax it periodically depending on the wear and tear it receives, the suggestion for a coffee table is twice a month. Only the top need be done with a clear wax according to the instructions on the product used. You may also wish to wax the whole piece every 6-12 months to maintain the finish. This will feed, hydrate and protect the wood, maintain the depth of colour and help your furniture to stay looking great!

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