19th C. Camphor Wood Campaign Writing Box

S/N:AE 133*

+44 (0)207 4857810

+44 (0)7831 785059

  • £750.00
  • €888 Euro
  • $1,029 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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19th C. Camphor Wood Campaign Writing Box

A good example of a travelling Colonial or Campaign Writing box, made in India in the days of the British Empire out of Camphor wood which as well as having a pleasing aroma, famously repels moths and insects. The Camphorwood outer box has brass inlay and banding, and the lockable front drawer can be pulled out by its recessed brass handle, at the same time sliding back the 'tambour 'roll-top and allowing the hinged lid to open. The lid folds down to become a very smart burgundy leather covered writing slope, with gold-tooled edges, behind which a letter rack/secretaire can be pulled up from under the sliding roll-top. (see photos). The top half of the writing slope can also be folded forward to reveal another (secret) compartment beneath, and between the top of the writing slope and the letter rack are set three small compartments to hold pens, clips, drawing pins etc. Finally, an attractive shield shaped recessed brass plaque is set into the sloping lid of the box.

The Camphorwood box measures 18" wide x 14.5 deep x 8.5 high and is in good condition with inconspicuous minor chip on underneath of box.
(A PC or Macbook sit very nicely on the writing slope- thus making this lovely antique piece a very apt gift !)


  • H: 22cm (8.5in)
  • W: 46cm (18in)
  • D: 37cm (14.5in)


Circa 1850 - 1900

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The Antique Warehouse
133-135 Pancras Road
United Kingdom


A pioneer in decorative antiques, Malcolm has been in the business since giving up law studies and given his passion for French and Mediterranean art and traditions, it seems apt that his London shop/warehouse nestles beside the Eurostar Rail Terminus at London's St Pancras Station.

One of the foremost dealers in naive objects, folk art, fairground carvings and the visually decorative, he is driven by his love for objects that fire the imagination. Renowned for unearthing pieces with a rare magical quality, he sources the original, the one-off and the inspiration for regular long time clients and dealers or for newer contacts seeking either something beautiful for their homes or just the making of a good investment.

A visit to Relic Antiques 'Antique Warehouse' is guaranteed to open a door to a star quality stock. Expect the unexpected, from simple craftsman made pieces, or the flippantly amusing like period shop signs and fairground art, to the more sophisticated such as charming paintings and unusual examples of country furniture.

When in London visit the 'Antique Warehouse' which is located at 133-135 Pancras Road, London NW1 1UN and though normally open late afternoons only (3pm-6pm) on weekdays and 1pm-5pm on Saturdays, it is always worth calling ahead to make sure we are open. Also by appointment. Telephone +44 (0)7831 785059.

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