African Sporting Creations Campaign Furniture

Safaris were once romantic affairs with no comfort spared.

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:

British Campaign Gun Rack

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! 

Enjoy the luxury of this must have British Campaign Field Bar/Writing Desk (shown stocked above) that is beautifully crafted from rich Rosewood. Since the days of the early 1700’s British Campaign Furniture has been treasured for its innovative design, durability, and elegance for providing British troops with easily transported elegance while stationed in far corners of the globe. All partitions in this piece are removable to allow for a custom fit and there is even a spot for a decanter and glasses, or take the spacers out to make room for books. All the brass pieces on this extraordinary piece are hand-made-from the brass corners to the miniature skeleton keys that fit the solid brass padlock. A remarkable piece of furniture, as stunning as it is functional that would be right at home in your office, home or afield. Looks great on our Kruger Folding Table and leaves room to spare for appetizers. Measures 25” L x 10” W x 13” T.

The Kruger Folding Table is elegant and sleekly contoured for easy transport. Only the most beautifully figured ¾” rosewood boards are chosen for the 20.5” x 30” top that features expertly executed picture frame edges. The square tapered legs are locked into position with hand-made brass hooks. The legs on one side are further apart so when folded up they nest together for the most efficient use of space.
Standing 26” high and folding to less than 4” thick this sleek and versatile table works with the Maasai or Himba chairs we offer and will serve you well as a Field Bar stand, writing, display or card table. 
Visit African Sporting Creations for more great Campaign Furniture finds.

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