These are exceptionally rare, fully stamped to the left drawer Army & Navy C. L Makers" the secrataire desk lock is stamped "Hobbs & Co London with the serial number 328.
I bought these along with another rare campaign chest (which is listed under my other items) the other is a five tier with six drawers, they came from the same family whose current owner had decided to move them on, they had been in their family since new and based on the age are in impeccable condition throughout. The handles are fully recessed these would have spent most of their lives inside transport trunks hence the wonderful condition and not having the side mounts. Both sets are genuine and very well used campaign pieces, these unlike most of the fake reproduction pieces around today are as authentic as they come, they have loads of patina marks from years of transport and god knows what else. Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask. The Army & Navy Store Co-Operative Society Limited, to give their full title, was set by in 1871 by a group of army and naval officers who had decided they were paying too much for their wine.
If this could be done for wine, it could be done for most other things and indeed the A&N CSL went on to sell just about everything imaginable from food and drink to clothing, furniture, sporting goods, luggage and toys. Membership was restricted to officers, non-commissioned officers and their families. Friends could join by introduction and officials from the civil service and clubs etc. Premises were opened at 105 Victoria Street and the Society quickly grew to be a very large concern with depots at important army bases and ports. With a large demand from members in India, a store was opened in Bombay in 1891, followed by Karachi in 1892 and Calcutta in 1901.
This is particularly true of the items we are interested in, travel furniture and luggage etc. We also have a theory that the A&N CSL workshops may have supplied other retailers such as Harrods.However, the Army & Navy Store tended to label their items whereas this was less of a concern for Harrods. The A&N CSL used a variety of different labels and stamps throughout their history but more often than not the wording'Army & Navy C. Some labels also show addresses. Brass and ivorine labels are known as well as applied leather labels on luggage and both impressed and ink stamps. The speed and size of the Society's growth was remarkable but still they managed to keep an eye on quality and customer service. Their name changed in 1934 from the Army & Navy Co-Operative Society Ltd to The Army & Navy Stores Ltd. They were eventually taken over by The House of Frazer in 1981.
This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses SW19-3BE, we can have it delivered nationwide to include Scotland Wales and Ireland. Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouses, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text. Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition.
Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade. COURIER (LARGE ITEMS ONLY THAT CANT BE POSTED). Whoever delivers will always require help on the larger items to unload, the price you will be quoted will always be based on this assumption, if this is not possible please let us know as it will affect the price to send a two man team. The item "ORIGINAL 1890 ARMY & NAVY C. L STAMPED CAMPAIGN CHEST OF DRAWERS INCLUDING DESK" is in sale since Thursday, April 11, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Chests of Drawers\Victorian (1837-1901)". The seller is "wimbledon-furniture-01" and is located in London Wimbledon. This item can be shipped worldwide.