A Fine & Rare South African Stinkwood & Brass mounted Trunk, circa 1910. This fine quality trunk was made by and for the firm of CHARLES THESEN of Knysna, Cape Province, South Africa, - a large shipping, timber, mining, railways, general stores and manufacturing trading company. The white star on a red pennant was the company logo, the fleet finally being sold off in 1920
Stinkwood, Ocotea Bullata, is a species of flowering tree native to South Africa. It produces very fine and valuable timber which was much sought after in the 19th & 20th centuries to make furniture of quality. Due to over-exploitation, stinkwood is now a protected species. Its name comes from the strong smell released when it is freshly felled.
22 1/2" high