Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 290: Cannon or "Camel Gun" Saddle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Interesting Cannon or "Camel Gun" Saddle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Interesting Cannon or "Camel Gun" Saddle

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
Item Views: 390
Catalog Page: 156
Class: Other

Offered here is one of the more interesting and definitely the most unusual accessory for a cannon or Gatling gun: a saddle mount. The name “Camel Gun” was adopted by Gatling for use in advertisements meant to drum up publicity and to stress to buyers the versatility of their product. As the name implies the Camel Gun was a short barreled Gatling Gun capable of being mounted to the back of a camel. The advertisement showing a Gatling mounted to camel certainly gained the attention of the press and imaginations. It has been said that British troops and their Egyptian allies were issued "Camel Guns" in Egypt in the early 1870s. However, there is little evidence of Gatling equipped camel corps used in battle. In the end it was the more traditional tripods and cavalry carts that were the mounts ordered by militaries. As one observer put it, "Still, one is left to ponder the circumstances of the camel-mounted weapon and the effect it might have had on foe, friend and camel alike." Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. Much of the aged cracked leather remains. The straps are incomplete. The wood frame is solid. A very interesting Gatling gun accessory.

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