Beautiful 1930s Italian Inlaid Jewellery Box

( JB200 )
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Vintage 1930s Italian jewellery box which is made of solid Olivewood. The lid has a beautiful inlaid design which features a couple performing an Italian folk dance.

Beautiful 1930s Vintage Italian Inlaid Jewellery Box

This is a beautiful vintage Italian jewellery box, made in the 1930s. It has a working lock and is complete with its original key.

The Exterior

The box is made of solid Olivewood and has a beautiful inlaid design on the lid. This is made up of various woods and features a couple performing an Italian folk dance. Some of the inlaid wood has been stained which adds a lovely splash of colour to the decoration.

There is a description of Olivewood further down this page.

The box is complete with its original lock and also its original stop hinges. These prevent the lid from falling backwards.

The Interior

The interior has a single large compartment which is long enough to lay out chains. A new purple felt lining has been added to the base to protect the intended contents.


This box was most likely made in Sorrento. Its long narrow shape suggests it was originally manufactured for use as a glove box. As with most old glove boxes it now makes for a much more functional jewellery box.


This wonderful box is in lovely condition for its 80 plus years of age. All of the inlay is present and intact and the box is structurally sound. It has some surface wear as we'd expect from age and handling but nothing unsightly that spoils its overall appearance.

The bottom of the box has some surface scratches and a few red marks which appear to be from crayon or similar. This cannot be seen when the box is on display and is only evident when you turn the box over.

There is a little play on the right hinge which does not affect the opening and closing of the lid.

The box locks securely but is a little fiddly to unlock. To unlock it you need to wiggle the key gently to the right once you've turned it.

The interior felt lining, being new, is in perfect condition.


Please be aware that very old locks can occasionally malfunction. We are not responsible for locks that fail from further age and wear once boxes are purchased. Please see our full policy which includes locks on our Payments & Returns page.

About Olivewood

Olivewood has a distinctive grain and rich colour which gives it its 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:  28.9cm
Width:   14.4cm
Height:    6.5cm

Interior Compartment:

27.8 by 9.8cm with a 3.8cm depth.


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

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

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