I picked up this great old military trunk or foot locker at a sale last fall. I didn't take a lot of time to look it over. I could tell it was in good shape and snapped it up. It was in my greenhouse waiting for me to work on it for several months. When I opened it, I was so happy to see that the tray was inside and was in excellent condition!
I am not sure, but if I were to guess I would say it was from the time of the Korean War or WW II era, based on the fact that it has its original handles that are wooden. I would have loved to find a soldier's name or the name of a company that had made it, but I didn't find either. I did not want to paint it and hide its history. I scraped off a lot of the non-original paint, trying hard not to scrape off the military green. After a good scrubbing I rubbed it down with Howard's Wax and it has a great patina with the two tones of green and the natural wood darkened by the wax. It would be a great coffee table and the tray could sit on the top to hold drinks, etc. This is a great piece and will be at the cabin on opening day!