Hinged Version: Hmm, interestingly my trunk (which is an early one, around 2000) doesn't have those leather pulls in the tray. It has the holes, but there's no indication there were ever any pulls in there. I don't know if mine was defective or if the earlier ones just lacked them or something. But I definitely think they'd be useful!
I got the original hinged one on Ebay for less than the current one, actually.
Anyway, I like it because it holds all my Josefina stuff (except the bigger furniture and the doll) and it makes the collection seem really...historical somehow. Like seeing everything in one place, in a big carved trunk, makes it seem like a real person's trunk someone found. It's kind of satisfying.