Thursday, November 3, 2016

Camp Furniture

Below is an excerpt from The Prairie Traveler A handbook for over land expeditions. ©1859

The accompanying illustrations present some convenient articles of portable camp furniture.
Camp Chair No. 1 is of oak or other hard wood. Fig. 1 represents it opened for use; in Fig. 2 it is closed for transportation. A is a stout canvas,

forming the back and seat; b, b, b are iron butthinges ; c, c are leather straps, one inch and a quarter wide, forming the arms; d is an iron rod, with nut and screw at one end.
Camp Chair No. 2 is made of sticks tied together with thongs of buckskin or raw hide.
Camp Chair No. 3 is a very comfortable seat, made of a barrel, the part forming the seat being filled with grass.
Camp Table. Fig. 1 represents the table folded for transportation; in Fig. 2 it is spread out for use. A is the top of the table; a, a are side boards, and c, c are end boards, turning on butt-hinges, b, b, b.

Field Cots. In No. 1, A represents the cot put up for use; B, the cot folded for transportation. The legs turn upon iron bolts running through the head and foot boards; they are then placed upon the canvas, and the whole is rolled up around the side pieces. In No. 2 the upper figure represents the cot put up for usej the lower shows it folded for transportation. A is a stout canvas; b, b are iron butt-hinges; c, c, the legs; d, d, leather straps, with buckles, which hold the legs firm; f, f, ends, which fold upon hinges; ff, y, cross-bars from leg to leg. This cot is strong, light, and portable.
Camp Bureau. This cut represents two chests, A, A, with their handles, a, a ; the covers taken off, they are placed one upon the other, and secured by the clamps B, B ; d shows the division between the two chests. When it is to be transported, the
knobs, c, are unscrewed from the drawers, the looking-glass, is removed, the drawers are filled with clothing, etc., and the lids are screwed on.
Mess-chest. A represents the chest open for table; B is the same closed; C is the upper tray of tin, with compartments, b, yr.; E is the lower wooden tray, divided into compartments, a, a, for various purposes, and made fast to the bottom of the chest; d, d are lids opening with hinges; f (in figure B) is a wooden leg, turning upon a hinge, and fitting snugly between two pieces of wood screwed upon the cover.

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