Beautifully Inlaid Vintage Sorrento Jewellery Box

( JB640 )
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Beautiful vintage jewellery box from Sorrento, Italy. Wonderful inlaid decoration and a high-quality working continental lock. Original red velvet linings.

Beautifully Inlaid Vintage Sorrento Jewellery Box

  FREE UK NEXT DAY DELIVERY. We Ship Worldwide. 

This is a 1940s vintage jewellery box made of solid Olivewood. It has beautiful inlaid decoration and is complete with its original working lock and key.

The Exterior

This box is made of solid Olivewood, details of which are given below. The Olivewood has a lovely aged patina and beautiful figuration.

The lid has beautiful decoration. It has three inlaid Swallows in flight; two bands of tesselated micro mosaic floral inlay, and the Italian word 'RICORDO' in a hand-painted stylish font. This translates to 'Memory/I Remember'. This is a beautiful sentiment which complements the symbolism of the Swallow, this having long been representative of the safe journey home of a loved one. The Swallows are carrying Olive sprigs which symbolise peace. The inlay consists of several varieties of wood, with that of the mosaic having beautifully stained colours.

The box is complete with its original hinges. It also has its original high-quality continental lock and key.

The Micro Mosaic Tesselated Inlay

This type of inlay is skillfully created with hundreds of tiny pieces of wood. It is painstakingly put together over many hours to form a beautiful mosaic pattern, in this instance with a floral design. Several varieties of wood are used, some of which are stained to add colour and dimension to the mosaic.

About Olivewood

Olivewood has a dinstinctive grain and rich colour. 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.

Olivewood is also favoured for its hardness. It is a strong durable wood with a fairly high density and it 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.

Details of the Continental Lock

This box has a wonderful continental lock which was designed to deter thieves from stealing its contents. It was cleverly designed so that its key could be turned TWICE to both lock and unlock the box. The idea was that an intruder would believe the lock to be faulty when it did not open upon just one turn! The lock can, however, be operated with just one turn if desired.

The Interior

The interior has two swing opening compartments and a further single large compartment beneath. All three have their original red velvet linings.


This wonderful box is in excellent condition despite its 80 years of age. It has sound structure and all of the inlay is still present.

There is one minor chip to the bottom right hand side of the top right compartment. Please see the close up photo provided.

The interior linings are in very fair condition with a little wear and a few marks.

The hinges are still in good working order and the box locks securely.

Notes About Vintage Locks

We would like to make you aware that vintage locks can occasionally malfunction. They are already very old and will naturally have some wear from age and use. We are not responsible for locks that malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

Please ensure the lock is still working as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again prior to posting.

You can view our full returns policy which includes locks by visiting our Payments And Returns page.


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

Length:   26.2cm
Width:     14.0cm
Height:    10.2cm

Interior Top Compartments x 2:

10.3 by 10.0cm with a 3.4cm depth.

Interior Lower Large Compartment:

23.0 by 10.5cm with a 4.9cm depth.


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

International postage is £25 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.

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