Large 1920s Art Deco Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

( JB179 )
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Large Art Deco musical jewellery box playing 'O Sole Mio'. Made in Sorrento, Italy. Made of Mahogany and Olivewood. Beautiful inlaid decoration.

Large 1920s Art Deco Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

This is a beautiful large musical jewellery box, made in Italy in the 1920s. It is primarily made of Mahogany and Olivewood and has beautiful inlay which is made up of several other varieties of wood!

There is a description of Olive Wood further down this page.

About The Inlay

The box has an abundance of micro mosaic inlay, known as 'mosaic tesselated inlay'. This type of inlay is made up of 100s and 1000s of tiny pieces of wood, painstakingly put together to form intricate mosaic designs.

There is a large inlaid panel to the centre of the lid which has a stunning tapestry-like appearance. This has a beautiful inlaid border with stringing along each edge. There is a further inlaid border, again with stringing, around this elaborate centre panel. There are also strips of beautiful inlay around all four sides of the lid.

There are beautiful floral and checkered bands of inlay to the lower section of the box. This is on all four sides, including the back, the drawers and also the lock flap.

The Design Of The Box

The top of the box is beautifully raised and has a stylish broad lid. The bottom section of the box is beautifully elongated and has eye-catching curved sides.

There are two compartments beneath the lid which swing open to the side, plus two more compartments beneath these. There are also two drawers at the front of the box for further jewellery storage.

As you can see there is a lot of storage space within this wonderful large box!

All of the compartments have their original padded quilted satin panels and their walls are newly lined with floral paper. This is a pretty pastel blue with white sprays of leaves. This same paper has also been used to reline the drawers. The satin is a lovely baby blue shade.

The lid has a long brass piano stop hinge which prevents it from falling back, and the top two compartments are also hinged. The inside of the lid has a new leatherette covering, added to conceal and protect the underside of the inlaid panel.

The box is complete with its original key and brass lock.

The Music

The box plays the beautiful famous Italian tune, 'O Sole Mio'. This winds up via a key on the base of the box.

Operating The Musical Movement

Just 3 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 is fully unwound.

As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to overwind the key.

Notes About Locks And Musical Movements

We would like to make you aware that vintage locks and musical movements can suddenly malfunction at any time. They are already very old and so will naturally have some wear from age and use. We are not responsible for locks or movements that malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

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


This wonderful box is in excellent condition for its 95 years of age. It is structurally sound and nice and solid!

There is a thin slither of wood missing to the little button handle of the right drawer. This has been smoothed and is not overly obvious. 

The silk to the interior has picked up some staining over the years. This is as you'd expect from a genuine old box which has been loved and used. In our opinion, it adds charm to the box.

We do not recommend cleaning the satin as doing so could spoil the colour.

The box may not make a suitable gift for those who prefer a perfect interior. It will be most suited to those who love the charm of a genuine old box with signs of use.

About Olivewood

Olivewood has a distinctive grain and rich colour which gives it a beautiful appearance. 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.


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

Length:  43.0cm
Width:   14.5cm
Height:  11.8cm

Top Swing Compartments x 2:

Each 9.0cm square with a 2.5cm depth.

Lower Main Compartment:

16.0 by 10.2cm with a 4.5cm depth.

Lower Side Compartment:

10.2 by 5.2cm with a 1.5cm depth.

Drawers x 2:

9.5 by 4.5cm with a sloping 2.5 to 3.5cm depth

Depths are approximate due to the uneven height of the quilting.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Parcelforce Express 48hr delivery.

International postage is £25 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For delivery. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.

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