British adventurers hunting in Africa and India during the Georgian and Victorian eras (1714-1901) often did so with little suffering or lack of comfort. In addition to bespoke firearms, custom tailored clothing, and libraries of books many hunters took an array of “campaign furniture” with them. Also known as “knockdown furniture,” this specially designed furniture was made to the same specifications as regular furniture with the exception that it was able to collapse for easy travel. Great Britain’s premiere furniture makers crafted tables, chairs, beds, writing desks, gun racks, and chests from iron, mahogany, leather, and exotic skins for those willing to pay for comforts afield. Even full showers, bathtubs, shaving stands, and bidets were available.
Today companies such as African Sporting Creations as well as private craftsmen at galleries still produce pieces of campaign furniture for hunters with romantic longings for safaris past.
Here's a look at some of our modern takes on classic pieces:
This beautiful and functional piece stores up to 9 firearms in leather covered spaces that are wide enough to accommodate 12 gauge S x S shotguns. When set up, it measures 36” wide x 32” tall and 26” deep. When it is folded for transport, it measures 36” wide x 33.5” tall x 5” deep. The wood tray on top measures 21”x 3 ½”x 3 ½ “and can accommodate 4 boxes of big bore cartridges or six boxes of 12 gauge shells. They are custom-made, one at a time, by skilled South African artisans and feature beautiful African mahogany frames, thick saddle leather, solid brass fittings and a heavy-duty canvas carrying strap that attaches to heavy-duty brass eyelets. This is an extremely sturdy and finely crafted piece that folds flat for transportation and can be deployed in minutes. These heirloom quality creations are nice enough to be displayed inside and rugged enough for field use. Order one today and take a little bit of British ingenuity with you wherever you go!