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This is a lovely vintage musical jewellery box, dating to the 1950s. It is made of solid olive wood which has a beautiful distinctive grain. There is further information about olive wood, later on in this description.
The box has pretty hand painted flowers, and bands with leaves in a zig zag formation. There is beautiful baluster decoration to the front, and the box stands raised on hand carved feet.
The interior is lined with pretty blue satin and has a single storage compartment. There is a lovely clear mirror to the inside of the lid, framed by a beautiful satin rope cord.
The box has a long piano stop hinge which prevents the lid from falling back. The olive wood has been lightly varnished.
The musical movement is to the right of the compartment. It is nicely concealed by a satin covered casing. The music is operated via a wind up key on the base of the box. The tune is very pretty but we have not been able to decipher its title.
Operating the musical movement
4 turns of the key is sufficient to wind up the musical movement. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed, or when the movement is fully unwound.
As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to over wind the key.
This box is in very fair condition for its 60 plus years of age. There is very little wear to the painted decoration and the colours of the flowers are still quite vibrant.
The piano hinge is still in excellent working order and the mirror is perfect with no chips or cracks.
There are some light surface scratches to the olive wood but these don't spoil the lovely overall appearance of the box. Most of the wear is on the back of the box and will not be seen unless you turn the box around.
The satin is lovely with no splits or fraying. It has some minor light marks but nothing that is unsightly.
We do not recommend cleaning the satin as doing so could impair the colour.
The condition of this box is as you'd expect from one with age which has been loved and used.
The box is structurally sound and its catch closes the lid securely.
The music plays at the correct speed and its movement can be accessed by removing the case, should it ever require attention. The movement is currently in excellent working order.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
9.5 by 8.0cm with a 3.5cm depth.
About Olive Wood
Olive wood has a distinctive grain and rich colour which gives it a beautiful appearance. It has characteristic brown and yellow streaks which make for a beautiful contrast. These features make it a sought after wood for decorative items such as jewellery boxes.
Olive wood is also favoured for its hardness. It is a strong durable wood with a fairly high density, and takes well to cutting and polishing.
The olive tree primarily grows in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Its wood has been used for many years by Italian box makers in particular. It is also a favoured wood in areas of the Holy Lands such as Jerusalem.
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International postage is £25 by Royal Mail International Tracked. Delivery is fast within 5-7 working days.
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