Vintage 3 Dimensional Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

( JB480 )
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Vintage Italian Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box playing 'Isle of Capri'. Eye-catching hexagonal shape and 3D form. Interior velvet linings.

Vintage 3 Dimensional Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

Please contact us if you are looking for a similar box and we will endeavour to source one for you!

This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box, made in Italy in the 1980s.

The Exterior

This box has an eye-catching hexagonal shape and a 3-dimensional form with angular crisp edges. It has beautiful Bird's Eye Maple wood veneer and stunning floral marquetry inlay to the lid. The inlay consists of several varieties of wood and you can see the beautiful different grains of each. The Bird's Eye Maple has a high polished finish which has given it a beautiful glossy shine.

The box has its original gold metal piano hinge. It also has its original working musical movement. Further details on this is below.

The bottom of the box has retained its original 'MADE IN ITALY' and song title labels. It has 6 felt feet which will protect the surfaces of furniture.

The Interior

The interior has a storage compartment to the front and a shallower storage ledge behind. The musical movement is concealed beneath the ledge.

The interior (including the inside of the lid) has its original red brushed velvet linings.

The Musical Movement

The music is operated via a winding key on the bottom of the box.  It plays the beautiful tune 'Isle of Capri'. The music to this was written by Wilhelm Grosz (and its lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy) in 1934. In song form it has been recorded by numerous artists, such as Gracie Fields, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Frankie Laine.

The movement is in good working order, playing the tune at its correct tempo.

Operating the musical movement

4 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

As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to overwind the movement. Over winding will result in the movement malfunctioning. We are not responsible for movements that are overwound or for movements which deteriorate from further age and use, once boxes are purchased.

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.


This lovely box is good condition despite its 30/40 years of age. It has sound structure and very little wear to the veneer. All of the inlay is present and secure.

The interior velvet is in good condition overall. It has some minor wear from age and use, It is neatly fitted and has no splits or fraying.

The felt feet have replaced the original damaged resin feet.

The musical movement is in good working order, as stated above.

The wood behind the hinge has been repaired but is solid and secure. There are some surface scratches to the hinge.


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

Length:  28.0cm
Width:    23.3cm
Height:     7.7cm  (excluding feet)

Interior Compartment:

20.0 by 11.5cm (longest edges) with a 4.7cm depth.

Ledge Space:

17.3 by 6.3cm (longest edges) with a 1.8cm depth.


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

International postage is £20 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.

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