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    Brass Bound Military Chest Belonging to JR Honeyford -19th Century

    SKU:A01157

    £950

    This antique brass bound Anglo-Indian campaign chest Has 'J R Honeyford' inlaid in brass lettering on the lid. It belonged to John Robert Honeyford (14th October 1864 - 20th March 1896) in Delhi, India. It was likely commissioned in the late 1880's or 1890's.

    His parents were John Honeyford (1837 - 1891) from Dunbartonshire who enlisted in the Indian Army, and Theresa Violet Davis (1848 - 1893) born in Chunar in India. 

    John Robert Honeyford enlisted in the army and through the births & deaths of his Children you can track his postings. Between 1886 & 1890 serving in Gogha & Bhavnagar in Gujarat. In 1891 he was serving in Quetta, (now Pakistan). By 29th March 1894, he had been posted to Bombay where he had twins (George & Muriel) with his wife Alice. As reported in the 1896 Times of India, he died 'after a long illness' on 20th March 1896 in St George's Hospital, Bombay. 

    John Robert's father, John Honeyford worked in the Indian Army, 42nd Foot (Royal Highland) regiment  as a foreman until his death in Burma aged 54 in 1891. 

     

    These military chests rarely show the names and Indian records are often patchy at best. It's lovely to have something with such a strong anthropological and social history. 

     

    These chests are perfect for a bijou coffee table. This example is constructed from beautifully patinated teak and has its original brass fittings and handles. The interior has storage for letter writing equipment and clothing. The craftsmanship is of good quality with a brass trunk top stay. Other indicators of good quality are the brass edging on the lid and the heavy brass handles. On the interior of the lid a brass plaque stating 'Vala Workshop' indicates the workshops this piece was made in. Possibly in Mumbai. 


    Military chests were used by officers of the British Indian Army to carry their personal documents, kit, and personal possessions whilst on tour, they were made to order and had to withstand a lot of punishment in transit. Old repairs can be seen on the hinges. 

     

    Dimensions:

    61 x 41 x 32 (wxdxh cms)

    From India

     

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £40
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    Dimensions: W61 x D41cm x H32 cm


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    This antique brass bound Anglo-Indian campaign chest Has 'J R Honeyford' inlaid in brass lettering on the lid. It belonged to John Robert Honeyford (14th October 1864 - 20th March 1896) in Delhi, India. It was likely commissioned in the late 1880's or 1890's.

    His parents were John Honeyford (1837 - 1891) from Dunbartonshire who enlisted in the Indian Army, and Theresa Violet Davis (1848 - 1893) born in Chunar in India. 

    John Robert Honeyford enlisted in the army and through the births & deaths of his Children you can track his postings. Between 1886 & 1890 serving in Gogha & Bhavnagar in Gujarat. In 1891 he was serving in Quetta, (now Pakistan). By 29th March 1894, he had been posted to Bombay where he had twins (George & Muriel) with his wife Alice. As reported in the 1896 Times of India, he died 'after a long illness' on 20th March 1896 in St George's Hospital, Bombay. 

    John Robert's father, John Honeyford worked in the Indian Army, 42nd Foot (Royal Highland) regiment  as a foreman until his death in Burma aged 54 in 1891. 

     

    These military chests rarely show the names and Indian records are often patchy at best. It's lovely to have something with such a strong anthropological and social history. 

     

    These chests are perfect for a bijou coffee table. This example is constructed from beautifully patinated teak and has its original brass fittings and handles. The interior has storage for letter writing equipment and clothing. The craftsmanship is of good quality with a brass trunk top stay. Other indicators of good quality are the brass edging on the lid and the heavy brass handles. On the interior of the lid a brass plaque stating 'Vala Workshop' indicates the workshops this piece was made in. Possibly in Mumbai. 


    Military chests were used by officers of the British Indian Army to carry their personal documents, kit, and personal possessions whilst on tour, they were made to order and had to withstand a lot of punishment in transit. Old repairs can be seen on the hinges. 

     

    Dimensions:

    61 x 41 x 32 (wxdxh cms)

    From India

     

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £40
    More delivery options available at checkout


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      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    • Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

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