Rare Miniature Japanese Vintage Musical Jewellery Box

( JB597 )
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A beautiful rare miniature example of a vintage Japanese musical jewellery box. Circa 1950s/60s. Black lacquered finish and decorative hand-painted Japanese landscape scenes. The interior has its original linings and fitted mirror.

Rare Miniature Japanese Vintage Musical Jewellery Box


This is a beautiful vintage Japanese musical jewellery box with a black lacquered finish and hand-painted landscape scenes. It dates to the 1950s/1960s and is a rare miniature example of other Japanese boxes with the same style and from the same period.

The Exterior

The box has a lovely black lacquered finish and is beautifully decorated with hand-painted Japanese landscape scenes. These include Mount Fuji, a temple, sailing boats, trees, birds and a bridge. The painting is in vibrant colours of red, blue, green, white, silver and gold. The silver and gold metallic paint adds a lovely shimmery touch to the box.

The box has its original pretty white metal clasp which is shaped like a shell and nicely engraved. It also has its original white metal hinges and an interior quadrant hinge which holds the lid upright.

The box stands raised on its original feet which are beautifully shaped.

The Interior

The interior has a single small storage compartment and its original fitted mirror to the inside of the lid. The compartment plus the walls to the inside of the lid have their original ribbed cord linings.

The musical movement is concealed within a casing to the right of the compartment. The ledge of this casing has a black lacquered finish and hand-painted sailing boats. This complements the decoration on the exterior.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful tune 'Fur Elise' which was composed by Beethoven in 1810.

Operating The Musical Movement

The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. Seven turns of the key are sufficient to play the tune in full.

The movement is in good working order. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed or when the movement has fully unwound.

Notes On Vintage Musical Movements

Care must be taken not to overwind the movement. Over winding will result in the movement malfunctioning.

Vintage movements are already old and so will naturally have some wear from age and use. They may occasionally malfunction or deteriorate 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 ensure the movement 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 musical movements by visiting our Payments And Returns page.


This beautiful box was manufactured by the Japanese firm 'Daysun'. The firm's name is stamped on the bottom of the box. Daysun boxes are becoming scarce, especially those that are still in good condition.


This box is in very good vintage condition. It has sound structure and only minor light wear which is commensurate with age and honest use.

Some of the lacquered finish has slightly dulled in places.

The interior cord linings are neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying. They have some stains/discolouration from previous use.

The mirror is in extremely good condition for its age and has no chips or cracks. Mirrors in these old Japanese boxes are usually in poor condition with cloudiness and foxing.

The hinges are all in good working order.


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

Length:  13.8cm
Width:     9.3cm
Height:    8.5cm (including feet)

Interior Compartment:

7.5 by 5.7cm with a 3.5cm 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.

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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