Lovely Italian Vintage Musical Jewellery Box From Sorrento

( JB287 )
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Vintage Italian musical jewellery box with a lovely Marblewood veneer. Pretty inlaid effect scene to the lid. Complete with its original certificate.

Lovely Italian Vintage Musical Jewellery Box Made In Sorrento


This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box. It was made in Sorrento, Italy, and it dates to the 1980s. It has a lovely Marblewood veneer and it comes with its original certificate.

The Exterior

This box has a beautiful Marblewood veneer, details of which can be found below.

The lid has a pretty transfer printed scene which gives the appearance of inlaid wood. This features a mandolin, a musical score sheet, and leaves. There are beautiful Mahogany edges of the lid.

The box is complete with its original polished gold metal piano hinge.

The box stands raised on its original polished gold metal bun feet.

The bottom of the box has retained its original song title label, and the box comes with its original manufacturer's certificate of guarantee.

About Marblewood

Marblewood, also known as Serpentwood, is an exotic wood with distinctive patterning. It can be polished to a beautiful high lustre. Marblewood is seldom used for boxes because of its hardness and density. This is, therefore, a lovely rare box.

The Interior

The interior has a beautiful Mahogany veneer to match the frame on the lid. It has a single small storage compartment on the left, and the musical movement is cased to the right of this. There is further shallow storage space upon the ledge of the casing.

The compartment and casing have soft brushed felt linings. The felt is a lovely chocolate brown shade which compliments the warm Mahogany veneer.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful Italian tune 'Torna a Sorriento' (Torna a Sorrento). The English translation of this is 'Come Back To Sorrento'. It 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. Seven turns of the key are required to fully wind the movement.

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 beautiful box is in excellent condition with only very minor light age-related wear. It is structurally sound and has no damage.

The interior linings are excellent with no splits or fraying. They have minor light marks from jewellery storage.

The hinge is securely fitted and in great working order.

The musical movement is in perfect working order as stated above.


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

Length:  11.8cm
Width:     9.1cm
Height:    6.3cm

Interior Compartment:

6.2 by 3.0cm with a 3.7cm depth.

Space Upon Ledge of Casing:

6.0 by 5.7 with a 1.1 - 1.6cm depth.


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

Please visit our Orders & Delivery page for further details.

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