An intriguing North African military style dromedary or camel saddle, dating from the early 19th C –
Made from hardwood, brass and iron and similar to those used at the time by Napoleon’s Regiment des Dromadaires. Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaigns took place from 1798 to 1801, during which he experimented with deploying a small number of camel-mounted troops known as the Regiment des Dromadaires (“Dromedary Regiment”). A two-person saddle designed for single-hump camels caused the riders to feel seasick and it soon fell out of favour which accounts for their relative scarcity.
Someone has made brass inserts at a later date which are now perfect for use as planters or storage containers. Making for a sculpturally unique item that now has a useful purpose. Perfect for use inside or out.