Beautiful Japanese Musical Vintage Piano Shaped Jewellery Box

( JB670 )
SOLD ~ Please contact us if you are looking for a similar box and we will endeavour to source one for you!

Beautiful Japanese musical vintage jewellery box with a stylish piano shaped form. Beautiful hand painted decoration, finished with colourful Abalone shell pieces. Plays 'Fur Elise'.

Beautiful Japanese Musical Vintage Piano Shaped Jewellery Box

   FREE UK NEXT DAY DELIVERY.  We Ship Worldwide.

This is a beautifully decorated Japanese jewellery box with a stylish piano shaped form. It dates to the 1950s.

The Exterior

The box has a glossy black lacquered finish and is decorated with beautiful hand-painted Japanese landscape scenes. These scenes include Mount Fuji, temples, trees, sailing boats and other motifs.

The scene on the lid is surrounded by a beautiful frame of inlaid Abalone shell and this also decorates the 'keys' section of the piano. The shell is colourful and has a beautiful iridescent shine.

There is a pretty engraved metal escutcheon to the keyhole. Please note there is no key.

The box stands tall on three beautifully shaped legs.

The box is complete with its original hinges. The bottom is stamped 'Hand Painted, DAYSUN, FOREIGN'.

The Interior

The interior has a compartment at the top. This raises up on its own accord as you open the lid of the box. It is attached to quality cantilever hinges which allow this automatic lift-up mechanism.

There is a further compartment beneath the raised one, and the musical movement is concealed beneath a black lacquered ledge to the right of this. Both the top compartment and ledge have a black lacquered finished and hand-painted scenes, in keeping with that on the box's exterior.

The inside of the lid has a fitted mirror.

Both compartments plus the inside of the lid have their original burnt orange ribbed cord linings.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful tune 'Fur Elise'.

Operating The Movement

Six turns of the key are sufficient to wind up the musical movement. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed or when the movement has fully unwound.

Notes On Vintage Musical Movements and Locks

As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to overwind the movement. Over winding will result in the movement malfunctioning.

Vintage movements are already old and will naturally have some wear from age and use. They may occasionally deteriorate or malfunction over time.

We are not responsible for movements that may deteriorate/malfunction from further age and use once a box is purchased. Neither are we responsible for movements that malfunction from overwinding.

Please check the movement as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again prior to posting.

Please read our returns policy which includes our policy on musical movements.


Mid 20th Century.


Dayson (later spelt Daysun - from the 1950s onwards).


This lovely box is in excellent condition for its 70 plus years of age. It has sound structure and the musical movement is in good working order. 

The colours of the paint are still vivid.

The interior cord linings are still neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying.

The mirror is clear and has no chips or cracks.


This box was made just after the 2nd World War when goods imported from Japan were marked 'FOREIGN'. It was thought that if they were marked 'Japan' they would be boycotted by much of the British population due to the war.


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.

Length:   24.2cm
Width:    15.5cm
Height:   13.7cm (including the legs)

Top Storage Compartment:

9.7 by 7.7cm with a 1.5cm depth.

Lower Compartment:

13.5 by 12.2cm.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Next Day Special Delivery.

International postage is £30 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Delivery may be longer depending on the speed of your local postal service and/or if your package has to go through customs. Please note that we cannot deliver to international PO boxes as we use a secure insured postal service that requires a signature.

Customs and VAT fees

International customers are responsible for paying any applicable customs duties, customs clearance/handling fees and/or VAT. These fees are NOT included in the prices of our boxes or our postage fees.

Please visit our Orders & Delivery page for further details.

Shopping Basket