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This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box, dating to the 1950s/60s. It was made in Japan and has its original Japanese musical movement.
The box has a glossy black lacquered finish. It is beautifully decorated to the lid, front and sides, with hand painted Japanese landscapes and temples. The lid is further decorated with iridescent Abalone shell inlay. This adds a beautiful shimmer to the box!
There is a very pretty engraved escutcheon to the keyhole, and the box is complete with its original hinges and key.
The lock of the box is original but not functioning. The lock and key are therefore purely decorative.
The interior has three small storage compartments, beautifully lined with vibrant pink ribbed fabric. The musical movement is situated beneath the centre and right hand side compartments.
There are three paneled mirrors to the inside of the lid, with the left and right mirrors being positioned at an angle. These are nicely framed by pale pink braided satin cord.
There is a pretty ballerina in the centre compartment which turns around when the musical movement is wound up. She has a pretty polka dot skirt, a gold painted bodice, and gold painted hair.
Operating The Musical Movement
The music is operated via a wind up key on the base of the box. 8 turns of the key are sufficient to play the tune in full. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed, or when the movement is fully unwound. We have not been able to decipher the tune.
As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to over wind the key.
This wonderful box is in excellent condition for its 55/65 years of age. It is structurally sound and free of damage. As noted earlier the lock is not functional.
There are some faded patches to the lacquer on the front of the box, and some roughness and light marks to the fabric in the centre and right hand side compartments. These are minor flaws and do not spoil the beautiful overall appearance of the box. The flaws are as we'd expect on a genuine vintage box which has been loved and used for its purpose.
The majority of the lacquer still has a beautiful glossy sheen.
The musical movement is currently in good working order and plays the tune at its correct speed.
Please note that vintage musical movements can deteriorate over time. We are not responsible for those that malfunction after further age and use once purchased.
You can view our full returns policy which includes musical movements, by visiting our Payments And Returns page.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
Left Storage Compartment:
9.2 by 4.0cm with a 5.0cm depth.
Centre Compartment - actual space:
5.5cm by 3.3cm with a 1.9cm depth.
Right Storage Compartment:
9.5 by 4.9cm with a 2.0cm depth.
This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Next Day Special Delivery.
International postage is £25 by Royal Mail International Tracked postage. Delivery is fast within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.
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