Piano Shaped Vintage Japanese Musical Jewellery Box

( JB690 )
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Beautiful vintage Japanese musical jewellery box, dating to the mid 20th century. Decorative painted Japanese landscape scenes and Abalone shell inlay. Glossy polished lacquer finish.

Piano Shaped Vintage Japanese Musical Jewellery Box


This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box, made in Japan in the mid 20th century.

The Exterior

The box has a beautiful Grand Piano design and a glossy red and black lacquered finish. It is beautifully decorated with hand-painted Japanese landscape scenes which include Mount Fuji and temples. The lid and front are further decorated with iridescent Abalone shell inlay. This adds a beautiful shimmer to the box!

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

The box stands raised on its original beautifully tapered feet and has its original white metal 'piano' hinges. These hold the lid upright.

The Interior

The interior has two storage compartments and a revolving resin ballerina who glides across a magnetic mirrored platform. The magnetism comes into action when the musical movement is wound up. Simply place the ballerina upon the mirrored platform and she will begin to dance around! She needs to be placed in a certain position to catch the magnet beneath the mirrored platform - all part of the fun! You can view her dancing and hear the music playing by clicking the video link below.

The compartments are lined with their original durable ribbed cord fabric which has a colourful cerise pink shade.

The inside of the lid has angled mirror panels, with silky gold braid trim on either side. The same trim is applied around the mirrored platform.

The Ballerina has a painted gold bustier corset and a white net skirt.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays a sweet joyful tune. We have not been able to decipher the tune but you can hear it playing by clicking on the video link below:


Operating The Musical Movement

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

The movement is in perfect working order, playing the tune at its correct tempo. 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 or 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 box is in excellent vintage condition. It has sound structure and only minor light wear to the lacquered finish.

All of the Abalone shell inlay is present and intact.

The lacquer still has a beautiful glossy sheen which is wonderful as this often dulls over time.

The interior linings are neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying. They have some minor light stains from previous use.

The mirrors have clouded over time as is often the case with these Japanese boxes. Please see the close-up photo provided.

The hinges are still in good working order.


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

Length:  24.5cm
Width:   15.8cm
Height:    8.5cm (excluding the legs)

Interior Front Compartment:

10.4 by 4.6cm with a 3.8cm depth.

Interior Side Compartment:

12.0 by 8.0cm with a 4.5cm depth.


The side compartment is shaped and we've taken the longest length and width measurements.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail 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 parcel 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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