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Camel bridle fragment
  • Camel bridle fragment
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Africa
  • late 18th century
  • Iron, gold and gilded
  • Weight: 0.457 kg
  • A1069
  • European Armoury III
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  • Chain, of iron, of heavy make, showing traces of gilding. Comprising two flat bars each expanded in the middle to form a diamond-shaped opening, linked by four circular rings. The middle two rings support a plate pierced with a key-slot, to which is attached a swivel ring.

    North Africa, late 18th century.

    This chain apparently originally formed part of a parade bridle for a camel. The Musée de l'Armée, Paris, has a number of similar objects among material brought back from Egypt by the troops of Napoleon Bonaparte (Col. M. Dugue MacCarthy, letter of 20 June 1975).