Beautiful 1940s Italian Inlaid Jewellery Box

( JB322 )

Beautiful 1940s Italian Inlaid Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful vintage Italian jewellery box, made in Sorrento and dating to the 1940s.

The Exterior

This box is made of solid Mahogany.  It has beautiful marquetry inlay on the lid, plus Boxwood stringing to the lid and all four sides.

The box is complete with its original 'stop' hinges which prevent the lid from falling back.  It is also complete with its original lock.  This is a high quality French lock with a double locking mechanism.  Details of this are further down the page.

The Interior

The interior has two swing opening compartments, and a further larger compartment beneath.
The compartments have their original linings and deeply padded quilted panels.  They also have their original hinges.

There is a print of an Italian coastal scene within the inside of the lid.  This has replaced a broken mirror and was added by our box restorer.  The print has a protective varnished finish.

About French locks

French locks have an excellent locking mechanism, designed to deter thieves from stealing the contents of a box!  They were cleverly designed so that its key could be turned TWICE, to lock/unlock the box.  The owner would hope that an intruder would be unaware of this secret mechanism, and believe the lock to be faulty when it did not open upon one turn.  French locks can also be operated with just one turn if desired.

Notes About Vintage Locks

We would like to make you aware that vintage locks can suddenly malfunction at any time.
They are already very old and will naturally have some wear from age and use.  We are not responsible for locks that malfunction from further age and use, once boxes are purchased.
Please ensure the lock is working as soon as you receive your box.

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


This lovely box is in very good condition for its 85 plus years of age.  All of the inlay is present and intact, and the box is structurally sound.

There is some fading to the rear of the lid from where the box has been positioned in sunlight.  
This will not fade any further if the box is kept in a shady area.

There is slight rocking to the hinge on the right swing compartment, but it is still firmly attached.

The interior linings and panels are still in good condition with no splits.  They have some marks from age and use.


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

Length:  20.4cm
Width:   12.0cm
Height:    9.3cm

Swing Compartments x 2:

8.3 by 7.5cm with a 2.3cm depth.

Lower Compartment:

18.0 by 9.0cm with a 2.5cm depth.


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

International postage is £25, by Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed Post.  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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