Travelling Light Colonial Style


They say that material possessions don’t matter, but when I saw this lot of  Colonial Era “Campaign Furniture” listed for auction on Mumbai art gallery Saffron Art‘s site it struck me how much they really do! The auction lists an incredible amount of accoutrements considered vital for the travelling colonial officer or well-heeled Indian during the days of the British Raj in order to recreate the comforts of home. What an amazing insight into Colonial life!

The Listing Includes:

A Travel Bed
A Shooting Stick
A Picnic Basket
A Pair of Indian Wrestlers Weights
A Circular Folding Campaign Table
A Teakwood Campaign Day Bed
A Camping Lantern
A Rare Pop-Up Drinks Cabinet
A Brass Campaign Towel Peg
A Travel Photo Frame
The Book of the Thousand Nights and A Night Volumes II-IV [amongst other sets of classics]

This auction made me smile so much and my imagination began to conjure up a retinue of staff toting along with the gramophone, the side table, cot and picture frames to create a comical nostalgic scene.

The auction is now closed but you can still see the contents of the amazing listing here.



A-Rare-Pop-Up-Drinks Cabinet





Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

2 Comments on Travelling Light Colonial Style

  1. mlleparadis
    Thursday, August 1st, 2013 16:59 at 4:59 pm (5 years ago)

    love that expandable bed!

  2. Rohini:TheBeatThatMyHeartSkipped
    Friday, August 2nd, 2013 09:34 at 9:34 am (5 years ago)

    It’s crazy right?!

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