Antique camphor wood trunk

Antique camphor wood trunk

c. 1830 China

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China Trade, a brass bound Chinese export camphor wood trunk retaining the original brass carrying handles on the sides.
This brass bound, camphor wood trunk is typical of those made in Hong Kong and Canton for the Westerners passing through. They were bought both singularly and as graduating sets being useful storage on board ship. The camphor was also a repellent to insects that may wish to feed on your clothes etc. The majority of these trunks have no maker’s mark. These trunks were also sold wholesale and exported to Europe, America and the colonies for re-sale. The Sydney Herald had an advert in June 1837 for T.W. Smart who was selling various goods from China including 24 camphor trunks. It is likely that the trunks had a double value for Smart. Firstly to safely pack the other goods for travel and secondly to sell on. This trunk is a good size for use at the end of a bed or as a coffee table. Mid to late 19th Century.
The Decorative Arts of The China Trade, Carl L Crossman.
Height 49.00 cm (19.29 inches)
Width 103.00 cm (40.55 inches)
Depth 52.00 cm (20.47 inches)
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Camphor-wood and brass
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