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Campaign Trunk

From: R10,458.00

The Campaign Trunk is hand-built using traditional dovetail joints out of the very finest African hardwoods. The dovetail joinery demonstrates the superb craftsmanship in the piece.

The fittings are hand fashioned from genuine bovine harness leather secured by steel rivets.

Your friends and guests will never have seen such an interesting and exotic piece that can be used as a coffee table, kist or trunk for storage.

Ideal to fill with folded Roorkhee Chairs or Campaign Director’s Chairs for shipping.

Please see more information on our finishes and how to look after them here.

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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.

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.

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750 x 500 x 450, 900 x 500 x 450


Canvas on hardwood, Hardwood

Oiled product.

Your oiled Campaign Trunk receives two applications of The African Touch Furniture Oil prior to delivery. Our outlets carry stock, should you require it. We recommend you 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 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, we carry The African Touch Leather Food stocks in our outlets.

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.

When you make your enquiry we will discuss delivery options with you.

Camps and lodges:

For camps and lodges in Southern Africa we can quote on delivery
with our transport or you may arrange collection.
For East Africa and beyond it is often more convenient for us to
quote containerised freight for large orders and air freight to nearest
airport for smaller orders.

International Orders:

Certain knock down products can be delivered by courier direct to you.
Slightly cheaper is to organise air freight to your nearest airport.
For large orders we can quote containerised delivery by sea.

Smaller orders in Southern Africa:

We will quote for delivery by courier or our transport depending on your location.


For orders to Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America we provide a
Certificate of Origin so that duty is not payable in your country of destination.

Orders supplied from stock we request payment in full when the order is placed.
For products made to order we request a 50% deposit on order
with the balance paid on completion.

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.

We offer 10% discount for orders of 5 or more trunks, and to Professional designers and decorators. The discount will reflect in your quote.

Prices include shipping to your nearest main port. Should you require shipment ‘Door to Door’ or to an isolated port we may need to update your quote depending on the extra cost. The price excludes fees at the port of entry (customs clearance, tax such as VAT etc).

Questions? Call +27 68 246 2513