Inlaid Italian Musical Jewellery Box From Sorrento

( JB449 )
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Beautiful vintage Italian musical jewellery box from Sorrento. Stunning floral inlay and Burl wood veneer. Plush red interior linings. Working lock and key. Plays the theme tune to the 1970 film 'Love Story'.

Inlaid Italian Musical Jewellery Box From Sorrento

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

This is a beautiful high-quality musical jewellery box, dating to the 1970s. It was made in Sorrento, in Southern Italy, and plays the beautiful theme tune to the film 'Love Story'.

The Exterior

This box has a beautiful stained burl wood veneer and stunning floral inlay to the lid. The lid also has a Satinwood frame. All of the veneer has been polished and varnished. It has a beautiful, smooth, glossy finish. The inlay consists of several colourful varieties of wood.

The box is complete with its original long piano hinge. This is a quality 'stop' hinge which holds the lid upright.

The box has a beautiful curved design and stands raised on its original tapered feet.

The bottom of the box has retained its original song title and manufacturers labels. Details of the song and manufacturer are given below.

The box is complete with its original lock and pretty decorative key. There is an inlaid brass escutcheon to the keyhole.

The Interior

The interior has a single storage compartment and the musical movement is cased to the right of this. The compartment and casing have soft plush linings which are a lovely crimson red shade.

The inside of the lid has a beautiful Mahogany veneer and an inset oval mirror. The mirror is nicely framed with braided red silk cord trim.

The Musical Movement

The movement is in perfect working order and plays the beautiful theme tune from the 1970 film 'Love Story'. The musical score was written by Francis Lai and its original lyrics were by Carl Sigman. The song has been recorded/covered by Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett.

Operating The Musical Movement

The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. 4 turns of the key are all that's required to fully wind up the movement. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed, or when the movement is fully unwound.

Notes On Vintage Musical Movements And Locks

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

Vintage movements and locks are already old and will naturally have some wear from age and use. They may occasionally malfunction.

We are not responsible for movements that are overwound or for locks and movements which deteriorate from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

Please read our returns policy which includes our policy on musical movements and locks.

The lock and movement will be checked again prior to postage.

The Manufacturer

This beautiful box was manufactured by a firm called GABRIELLA, in Sorrento, Italy.


This box is in excellent vintage condition with very little wear. All of the inlay is present and intact and the box is structurally sound. There are a few minor light marks to the veneer.

The hinge, lock and musical movement are all in perfect working order.

The interior linings are neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying. They are in lovely clean condition.


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

Length:  24.4cm
Width:   15.8cm
Height:    7.3cm (including the feet)

Interior Compartment:

14.7 by 11.5cm with a 4.4cm depth.

Ledge Space on Casing:

11.5 by 5.6cm with a 1.2cm depth.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail 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 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.

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