Marquetry Inlaid Musical Vintage Jewellery Box

( JB50 )
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Beautiful vintage Italian musical jewellery box from Sorrento. Stunning marquetry inlay all over and original plush red velvet linings to the interior. Complete with original working lock and key.

Marquetry Inlaid Musical Vintage Jewellery Box

Please contact us if you are looking for a similar box and we will endeavour to source one for you!

This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy. It dates to the 1970s and is in complete original condition.

The Exterior

This box has stunning marquetry inlay on the lid and all four sides. The inlay consists of several colourful varieties of wood and has a beautiful foliate design. There are beautiful leafy vines all over and two beautiful Butterflies on the lid. There is also lovely Satinwood stringing to the lid and all four sides.

All of the wood has a high polished and varnished finish. It is beautifully smooth and has a gorgeous sheen.

The box stands slightly raised on its original feet and the bottom of the box has its original MADE IN ITALY label.

The lid has its original polished gold metal piano hinge and its original working lock and key. The hinge to the lock flap is also original.

The Interior

The interior has two compartments at the top plus two further compartments beneath. The musical movement is concealed between the lower compartments. The top compartments swing open to the side and are also complete with their original hinges.

The inside of the lid has a beautiful Satinwood veneered panel. This too has a wonderful highly polished and varnished finish.

All of the compartments, plus the musical movement's casing, have their original gorgeous plush red velvet linings.

The Musical Movement

The box has a quality Reuge musical movement which is in very good working order. The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. 5 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.

We do not recognise the tune of the movement but please do feel free to ring us if you'd like to hear it before purchasing the box.

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

Notes About Vintage Locks And Musical Movements

We would like to make you aware that vintage locks and movements can occasionally malfunction. They are already old and will naturally have some wear from age and use. We are not responsible for locks and 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 lock and movement are still working as soon as you receive your box. They will be checked again before the box is dispatched.

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


This beautiful box is 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 velvet linings are neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying. They have some minor small stains which are barely noticeable.

There is some wear/movement to the hinge of the lock flap. The flap, however, is still secure and functioning as it should.

The box still locks securely.


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

Length:  24.2cm
Width:   14.2cm
Height:  12.0cm

Swing Compartments x 2:

9.7 by 6.7cm with a 4.0cm depth.

Lower Compartments x 2:

10.2 by 7.2cm with a 4.5cm depth.

Ledge To Movement's Casing:

There is a 1.5cm depth between the ledge of the casing and top compartments. Some small pieces of jewellery may be placed upon the ledge if desired.


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

International postage is £15 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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