Rare Italian Sorrento Novelty Musical Vintage Jewellery Box

( JB469 )
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Beautiful vintage Italian musical jewellery box with a rare novel Wagon design. Beautiful veneers and inlays. Large plinthed display. Polished white metal horses. In complete original condition.

Rare Italian Sorrento Novelty Musical Vintage Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful rare vintage musical jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy. It dates to the 1950s/60s and is in complete original condition.

The Exterior

This box has a very rare novel design of a wagon being pulled by two beautiful prancing horses.

The wagon is beautifully finished with a variety of hardwood veneers. It has beautiful marquetry inlay to the top and further inlaid 'spokes' to its wheels. There are also fine bands of decorative micro mosaic inlay on either side of the lid.

The top of the wagon is the lid of the box. This has its original gold metal piano hinge which holds the lid upright at a 90-degree angle.

The horses are made of polished white metal and have lovely detailed manes and bridle gear. They are also beautifully contoured.

The wagon is beautifully displayed on its original large Mahogany veneered plinth. The wagon and horses are securely attached to this.

The design of this box was registered and is protected with a patent. It is a very rare, if not unique design. This box was certainly not mass-produced. The bottom of the wagon has retained its original BREVETTO (patent) no label. It has also retained its original 'Isola di Capri' tune title label.

All of the veneers and inlays have a beautiful polished and lacquered glossy finish.

The Interior

The interior has a single storage compartment. This has its original red, ribbed cord linings.

The inside of the lid has a beautiful ballerina who both spins around and moves up and down. She has an enamel painted bustier and an enamel painted flower on her hair. She has a lovely cream silk skirt with gold trim and a pretty gold tie around her waist. The musical movement is cased beneath the ballerina.

The inside of the lid also features its beautiful original mirrored panels. These are beautifully positioned and give the appearance of several ballerinas being present.

The Musical Movement

The movement is in very good working order. It is operated via the winding key on the back of the wagon. 4 turns of the key are sufficient to fully wind up the movement. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed or when the movement has fully unwound.

The movement plays the beautiful tune 'Isola di Capri' (translated Isle of Capri). The music is a Tango Foxtrot, written by Wilhelm Grosz. Its lyrics were written by Jimmy Kennedy and the song was first published in 1934. The song has been recorded by numerous famous artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Frankie Laine, Gracie Fields and Rosemary Clooney. 

Care should be taken not to overwind the movement. Over winding will result in the movement malfunctioning. 

Notes About 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 use. We are not responsible for movements that malfunction from further age and use, once boxes are purchased. Neither are we responsible for movements that may be overwound by the new owner of the box.

Please ensure the movement is still working as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again before the box is dispatched.

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


This beautiful box is still in very good condition. It has sound structure and only minor light age-related wear.

All of the inlay is present and intact.

The interior linings are still neatly fitted and clean. There is a small area of glue residue to the lining on the right-hand side.

The hinge is still in very good working order.

There is some light tarnish to the metal horses.


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

Length of Plinth:  30.0cm
Width of Plinth:   14.5cm

Length of Wagon:  11.6cm
Width of Wagon:   11.3cm
Height of Wagon:  10.5cm

Interior Compartment:

14.5cm (curved length) by 9.2cm (width) with a 4.0cm 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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