Travel furniture from the 19th-century—and modern reproductions of the style—are often called campaign furniture. But the term can cover any furniture designed for use on the go, including many surprising and innovative pieces.
While modern soldiers tend to be limited to their regulation kit and a few personal items, wealthy officers in the years before 1900 could – and did – take along a vast number of home comforts, even including furniture.
Shipped at the officer’s expense, campaign furniture would usually be set up in tents or other makeshift accommodation. So they are often compact, sturdy and cunningly designed.
Other travelers, including missionaries and explorers, also used campaign furniture. In fact, modern camping gear and outdoor furniture are often directly descended from 19th-century innovations.
What pieces are typical of campaign furniture?
Since campaign furniture is for traveling, pieces are compact, collapsible or multipurpose:
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