Japanese Vintage Lacquered Musical Jewellery Box

( JB443 )
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Beautiful vintage Japanese musical jewellery box playing Swan Lake. Glossy lacquered finish and hand painted Japanese landscape scenes. The interior has a revolving ballerina and beautiful cerise pink linings.

Japanese Vintage Lacquered 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 Japan in the 1960s/1970s. It plays the beautiful main theme tune for 'Swan Lake' which was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1876.

The Exterior

The box has a beautiful Grand Piano design and a glossy red and black lacquered finish. It is beautifully decorated all over 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 and the box is complete with its original key.


The lock is not functioning and so the key is for decorative purposes only.

The box stands raised on its original shaped 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. It is lined with a 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 lining to the Ballerina's platform has a Suzy Smith INTERNATIONAL label. Suzy Smith was a fashion designer who mainly manufactured handbags and purses. She was in business from the 1950s to 1980s and her vintage goods are now very popular. We do not know why her fashion label is present in this box.

The Ballerina has a painted gold bustier corset and a white net skirt with polka dots. She starts revolving when the musical movement is wound.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful main theme tune for 'Swan Lake' which was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1876.

Operating The Musical Movement

The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. 4 & 1/4 turns of the key are sufficient to play the tune in full.

The movement is in perfect working order, playing the tune at the correct tempo. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed, or when the movement is 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 and locks, by visiting our Payments And Returns page.


This box is in excellent vintage condition with very little wear despite its age. It is structurally sound and has no damage.

All of the lacquer, paint and 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 light stains as we'd expect from age and use.

The mirrors have some cloudiness, again as we'd expect on a vintage box.

The hinges and feet are still in excellent condition.


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

Length:  25.0cm
Width:   16.0cm
Height:  14.0cm

Interior Front Compartment:

10.3 by 4.7cm with a 3.9cm depth.

Interior Side Compartment:

12.0 by 8.0cm with a 4.4cm 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 £15 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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