Does it smell like pepper? So, it’s a camphor!
Camphor is an exotic wood, which makes insects flee, by its pepper smell.
The camphor trunk (trunk made of camphor) was therefore very often used in the navy, the captain of the boat put his personal belongings there, and thus avoided to let them be eaten by the small beasts of the bottom of the boat...
Even today, this wood is used for its natural virtues, to scare away moths, for example, in fur hats (Chapka...)
Let yourself be tempted:-)