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A 19th Century Mandalay Brass Bound Teak Campaign Dressing Box, Burma Circa 1860


These boxes were made by local artisans for British military officers posted in Burma & India during the days of British rule. The brass bound teak case is profusely inlaid with fine brass filigree stringing and fitted with its original forged iron carrying handles & (non-functioning) ‘ringing’ lock mechanism.                              


The lid opening to reveal an interior housing a reticulated shaving mirror rising above a recessed compartment, flanked on either side by lidded compartments – one with a ‘secret drawer’.                    


The lids interior featuring an architectural carved pediment centred by a small mirror, flanked by glass-fronted roundels & pilasters intended to house mementos such as locks of hair, flower petals etc., over a carved & pierced arcaded letter rack.


Dimensions, 9.5” high x 20.5” wide x 13.25” deep.       


Offered in as found condition, exhibiting an old, weathered surface & patina.

A 19th entury Mandalay brass bound teak Campaign dressing box, Burma circa 1860

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