Maker: Ross & Co.
Subcategory: Campaign Chests
This mahogany campaign chest is quite typical and there is not much to lift it above others; until close inspection. The top right hand drawer has a brass plaque stating 'Ross & Co., Manufacturers, 9, 10, 11 Ellis's Quay, Dublin'. Ross stand out amongst makers of camp equipage for their originality of design and it can almost be imagined that they thought making a regular campaign chest beneath them.
However, the chest of drawers was probably the most sort after piece of portable furniture and so important to their business. This chest differs to others in that the drawer with the plaque has a hidden drawer within it for valuables, as illustrated. A small difference in design but of course you could not expect Ross to do anything that was standard. The address details date the chest to after 1860.