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Antique Army & Navy C. S. L Makers Oak Campaign Chest Secretaire /letter Box

£887.02 or Best Offer 16d

Seller: bigberthafay (1,402) 100%, Location: Glen Cove, New York, Ships to: US, Item: 291308374807 Type: Chests & Trunks, Style: campaign, Region of Origin: England, Age: 1800-1899, Original/Reproduction: Original, Details: This auction is for quite a rare item- an ARMY NAVY C.S.L. makers letter box, or a small campaign chest. The chest is made of a beautifully patinated oak wood. It has 2 side handles. There are 3 cubby holes on top, 2 drawers under, bottom left- a letter holder & bottom right 2 mail slots with an additional drawer under. The chest is ivorine marked Army Navy C.S.L. makers on the bottom center interior. There is also an ivorine tag for unpaid bills. There were 2 others, marking all the cubbies, but there is only one loose that was saved and could be re-applied. The Army and Navy Co-operative Society Ltd was formed by a group of army and navy officers in 1871, with the intention to supply “articles of domestic consumption and general use to its members at the lowest rates”. The first store opened on the 15th February 1872 in Victoria Street, London and supplied shotguns, rifles, pistols, ammunition and related accessories, as well as shirts, watches, saddlery and golfing equipment.. By the end of 1873 a separate gun department had been established. By the end of the century the Society was issuing an enormous annual illustrated price list and in 1901 opened branches in Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta and Karachi. In 1934 the name was changed to the Army and Navy Store Ltd. They were taken over by the House of Fraser in 1973. Condition: Please note! This piece should be professionally restored; The door broke off where the hinges are. It is missing its handle. The small piece that is missing in the bottom corner is in one of the drawers. There were 4 holes drilled to the back. One ivorine tag is missing. The letter holder should be able to be completely inserted but it sticks out a bit. I do not want to force it in. I have provided many pictures so you can view the chest carefully. Please let me know if there is anything else you wish to know about the chest that was not included in this description. About 13.5" tall x 12.5" Wide x 9" deep! Great addition to your collection! PLEASE LOOK AT MY OTHER AUCTIONS! THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! Sold AS IS. Your questions prior to bidding are welcomed. Payment via cash upon pick up or PayPal is expected within 7 days of auction's end date. NO PERSONAL CHECKS PLEASE. FOR SERIOUS BIDDERS ONLY. Thank you for looking. Posted with eBay Mobile

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