Campaign Trunk



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The Campaign Trunk is our version of the trunks or kists used by officers on campaigns or sportsmen on safari in the late 18th century to store their kit while travelling.

The African Touch Campaign Trunk is constructed with dovetail joints making it very solid and secure for a lifetime of use.  It is ideal for storage space in a bedroom or doubling up as a coffee table and trunk in a living area.

For more information please see ‘Description’ below:



The Design

We wanted a unique campaign trunk that used our core product – beautiful African Hardwood. It is based on the trunks or kists used by officers or sportsmen on safari in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In keeping with the campaign furniture genre, the kist is protected on the corners, top and sides. We have used thick, tough harness leather steel riveted into the timber. The handles are hand stitched double thickness harness leather, bolted through the sides for strength. We can make variations of this trunk. Options include covering them in canvas, using beaten metal straps and corner blocks, painting with a white liming finish and so on. If you would like a quote on a variation please don’t hesitate to contact us with images of what you would like and we will assess whether we are able to do it.

Every year we support Rhino Without Borders. In 2019 we selected the Campaign Trunk for this. Please see the thanks we got in our Testimonial page.

Fittings and material used

Built from solid Zambezi Teak, it is very durable and strong. The leather straps and corner blocks are made from full veg tanned bovine harness leather, and secured with steel rivets. Solid brass hinges hinge the top and a chain prevents it from flipping over. The leather handles are riveted right through the cabinet wall to hold the handle very securely. However, please don’t lift with these handles if the trunk is very loaded.

The African Touch Campaign Trunk is constructed with dovetail joints making it very solid and secure for a lifetime of use.

The finish used is oil, but if a lacquer is preferred, please let us know.

Uses of the Campaign Chest

The Campaign Trunk is ideal for storage space in a bedroom or doubling up as a coffee table and trunk in a living area. Being such an impressive piece, it makes a real statement. Our large version looks wonderful as a centre piece in a Safari Lodge lounge. We have made extra long ones to go at the base of kingsize beds as a conventional kist.

It makes a great companion to the Campaign Chest and Mosi-oa-Tunia four poster bed.

Maintaining your Campaign Trunk

Maintaining your Campaign Trunk

Lacquered Product.

If you have a lacquered finish to your Campaign Trunk please place it away from direct sunlight. Apply a good furniture wax or polish, initially twice a month, thereafter once a month. Apply sufficient to thinly cover the surface. As it dries (becomes dull) buff with a clean cloth until a beautiful sheen is achieved. Between waxings, keep the finish clean with a soft cloth or duster, and buff without wax.

Oiled product.

If your Campaign Trunk is oiled it will have received three applications of Satinwood 28 Base oil prior to delivery. Our outlets carry stock, or you can find it in most hardware shops in South Africa. We recommend you do one application on installation of the furniture. From time to time you will need to re-apply the oil. If the furniture is used outdoors, please do the re-application every 3 months. When in doubt, re-apply when the finish looks faded or dry. The recommended application procedure is as follows:

  • Wipe surface down with a clean cotton cloth lightly moistened with mineral turpentine. (Ensure that all surfaces are completely dry and clean before proceeding with the next step)
  • Use a clean cotton cloth or soft bristled brush dipped in the oil and apply in light, short strokes, ensuring thorough and even distribution of the oil.
  • Leave the oil on the furniture for at least 1 to 2 hours (but not more than 24 hours), to allow absorption into the wood.
  • Use a clean cotton cloth and wipe off all excess liquid to leave a natural smooth finish.
  • Allow to dry for approximately 24 hours.


If the surface of your furniture becomes a bit grimy over time it can be very effectively cleaned with Deckwash from Timberlife. Apply with a clean cloth.  Work in well over the total surface and wipe off all excess liquid.

If a wet glass or similar is left on the surface it may leave a watermark. In this case please wipe the water off as soon as possible, and if necessary apply some more Satinwood 28 base. If the mark is still slightly visible you can rub with a little baking soda mixed with an equal part of water, wipe off with a damp cloth and re-apply the oil.

Leather Straps

To protect and nourish your leather straps and corners, we recommend you use Hide Food from Stapol. We carry stocks of Hide Food in our outlets should you require it.

Firstly clean the leather with a damp cloth. Hide Food should always be applied using a lint free cloth, a natural or synthetic sponge using an even circular motion. Drying is temperature related but the cream generally dries in a couple of minutes after which it can be buffed with a polish brush or soft cloth. It will renovate and provide an elegant lustre. It also provides a good degree of water resistance.

Discounts offered

Discounts offered

For orders of 5 or more trunks we offer a 10% discount. For large orders including multiple products please contact us for our offer.



Sizes & weights:

Height Length Width Weight.
450mm (18”) 1200mm (48”) 700mm (28”) 55kg (120lbs)

 Material used:

  • Zambezi Teak (Baikiaea plurijuga) formerly known as Rhodesian Teak . One of the hardest timbers in the world of exceptional beauty and grain, Zambezi Teak grows on the deep, ancient sands of the Kalahari.
  • Saligna (Eucalyptus saligna) is a plantation hardwood sourced in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe where old growth trees (approximately 100 years old and 50 meters tall) are being removed to make way for new plantations

 Finishes available:

  • The standard finish for our Campaign Trunk is an oil finish, ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments.
  • A lacquer finish is available for a more refined indoor look.
  • White liming painted finish.



We offer a 15 year warranty on your Campaign Trunk for any flaws in construction or material (except natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks etc.) Miss handling or inappropriate use of the product will invalidate the warranty.



We will supply you with our suggested care and maintenance guidelines to ensure life-long enjoyment of your furniture. However, we cannot be held responsible for repairing / replacing this product if you don’t follow these guidelines.

We build with timber harvested from natural forests. The charm of this material is that no two pieces are exactly the same in colour, character or grain, and they will contain natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks and so on that enhance their authenticity and attractiveness. As a result no 2 pieces will ever be identical and products may have natural imperfections. However, these will never be allowed to compromise the quality of construction of your piece.

The African Touch will not in any circumstances be liable for any claim which falls outside the scope of our warranty or for any consequential damages whatsoever.

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