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silla was born out of a passion for beautiful objects: special pieces with aesthetic and historical significance. In 2009, after years of collecting, Andrew Silla and his wife Grace began to work privately with clients from their residence in Southern Maryland. Quickly outgrowing the space, the business was moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania in 2012 and after several warehouse location changes it was firmly settled in the present brick-and-mortar location in downtown Shippensburg.

The 9000 square foot brick-and-mortar gallery is home to a large collection of works of art and estate jewelry. We specialize in sculpture circa 1860 through 1930 with a particular emphasis on the Animaliers and as such the gallery always has a very large collection of exceptional European and American sculpture available on display.

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19th Century English Oak Campaign Chest with Desk Interior



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In two parts | circa mid-19th century | a very fine presentation
Item # 209PKP28S 

An exquisite mid-19th century British campaign chest crafted in two self-contained parts with a desk hidden inside of one of the upper drawers, it features a solid golden-oak primary wood with a silky patina throughout. Entirely pure with only a few brass straps that have been carefully replaced over the years, the chest remains in exquisite condition with a glowing surface and tight joinery. All drawers are expertly crafted with scratched-bead borders, crisp hand-cut dovetails and beautifully crafted brass hardware - they slide easily in and out of the case. The center-most top drawer is fitted with a fall-front that opens to reveal a gilt-tooled leather writing surface before a false plate that is set in grooves; this is lifted to reveal the satinwood veneered set of two small drawers over a single broad drawer under four pigeon-holes with cupid's-bow valances. The entire case rests over original turned oak feet. It is a very fine piece in a beautifully preserved state.

Measurements: 44 1/4" H x 18 1/2" D x 38 1/2" W; writing desk is 34 1/2" H from the ground, 18" D x 16 3/8" W

Condition Report:
A very fine overall surface, early and well-preserved with the expected use/scuffs of time preserved under wax; a few of the brass corner-wraps are replaced, otherwise original hardware; original feet; no keys; a very fine pure piece.