Superb Art Deco Italian Jewellery Box In Book Form

( JB187 )
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Beautiful Italian vintage jewellery box in the form of a row of books. Made of solid Olivewood. The box has beautiful hand-painted Swallows and a secret locking mechanism.

Superb Art Deco Italian Jewellery Box In Book Form

This is a wonderful Italian Olivewood jewellery box, made in the 1920s. It is in the form of a beautiful old book and has a secret opening mechanism!

We have provided some information on Olivewood further down in the description.

The Exterior

The lid has beautiful hand-painted Swallows which are nicely framed by a hand-painted border. The swallows are in beautiful flight position.

Swallow Symbolism

The Swallows on this box were most likely added as a form of symbolism. The Swallow represents the safe journey home of a loved one.

The front of the box has a sliding panel, designed as a row of book spines. This is the secret opening of the box. You simply slide the panel out to left to open the box. Each of the book spines are beautifully detailed with hand-painted roman numerals. This has created the appearance of a set of 11 numerically ordered books.

This box would make an especially beautiful gift for book lovers and writers

The box is complete with its original stop hinges which prevent the lid from falling back.

The Olivewood has been polished and varnished and has a lovely tactile smoothness. The Olivewood to the interior and base has been left in its natural state.

The Interior

The interior has 3 storage compartments with Olivewood partitions. These partitions can be removed if desired to create two larger compartments of equal size or a single large compartment.

The compartments and the inside lid are newly lined with beautiful handmade floral paper. This has pretty shades of pink and purple, and lovely contrasting gold highlights.

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.


This box is in excellent condition for its 90 plus years of age. It is structurally sound and locks securely. It has only very minor light surface wear.


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

Length: 18.3cm
Width:  14.7cm
Height:   6.0cm

Inside Front Compartment:

16.5 by 5.5cm with a 3.5cm depth.

Inside Rear Compartments x 2.

8.0cm by 5.5cm with a 3.5cm depth.

Overall inside space with partitions removed:

16.5 by 11.5 with a 3.5cm depth.


The box will be posted FREE within the UK by Next Day Special Delivery.

International postage is £25. 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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