Beautifully Inlaid Musical Vintage Jewellery Box From Sorrento

( JB455 )
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Beautiful vintage Italian jewellery box from Sorrento. Lovely burl wood veneer and very decorative inlay to the lid. Soft plush velvety-textured linings to the interior. Plays Torna a Sorrento.

Beautifully Inlaid Musical Vintage Jewellery Box From Sorrento


This is a stunning vintage musical jewellery box, made in Sorrento in Italy. It dates to the 1980s and is in wonderful condition.

The Exterior

The exterior has a beautiful burl wood veneer and very decorative inlay to the lid.

The inlay is made of many colourful varieties of wood. It features a scrolled musical score sheet, a mandolin, an oboe and beautiful leafy vines and flowers.

The edges of the lid have a beautiful Mahogany veneered finish,

The wood has a gorgeous high polished and varnished finish. This has given it a beautiful smoothness and glossy sheen.

The box has a polished gold metal piano hinge. It stands raised on polished gold metal bun feet.

The bottom of the box has retained its original song title label.

The Interior

The interior has a single small storage compartment and the musical movement is cased to the rear of this. There is further shallow storage space upon the top of the casing where you can place flat pieces of jewellery such as pendants, stud earrings and fine hoop earrings.

The compartment and casing have soft brushed felt linings to protect jewellery. These are a lovely burgundy red shade and have a soft velvety texture.

The inside of the lid and edges of the interior have a beautiful Mahogany veneered finish to complement that on the exterior. All of the veneer has a glossy polished and varnished finish.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful tune 'Torna a Sorrento' (translated 'Come Back to Sorrento'). This is a beautiful Neapolitan song which was composed in 1902 by Ernesto De Curtis. The song has since been sung by numerous performers such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and each of the three tenors, to name just a few!

The movement is in perfect working order and plays the tune at its correct speed. The music stops as it should, when the movement is unwound or when the lid is closed.

Operating The Musical Movement

The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. Five turns of the key are required to fully wind the movement.

Notes On Vintage Musical Movements

We would like to make you aware that vintage movements can occasionally malfunction. They are already old and will naturally have some wear from age and prior use.

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. Neither are we responsible for movements which deteriorate from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

Please check the movement is operating correctly as soon as you receive the box. It will be checked again prior to shipping.

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


This beautiful box is in wonderful condition. It has sound structure and very little wear.

The interior linings are still in lovely condition. They are clean, neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying.

The musical movement and hinge are in perfect working order.


Length:  13.0cm
Width:   13.0cm
Height:    5.3cm (excluding the feet)

Interior Compartment:

9.0 by 3.2cm with a 3.5cm depth.

Storage Space Upon Casing:

9.0 by 5.8cm with a 1.0cm depth.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail 1st class Recorded 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.

Please visit our Orders & Delivery page for further details.

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