Beautiful Refurbished Satin Lined Vintage Jewellery Box

( JB477 )
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Beautifully refurbished 1930s Italian vintage jewellery box. Hand-painted Swallows surrounded by a mosaic inlaid frame. New padded satin-lined interior. Original working lock and key.

Italian Refurbished Satin Lined 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 jewellery box, made in Italy in the late 1930s. It is both inlaid and hand-painted and complete with its original working lock.

The Exterior

This box is made of solid Olive Wood. The lid has beautiful hand-painted Swallows, surrounded by a decorative inlaid mosaic frame. This type of mosaic inlay is known as 'Tesselation'.  A description of this can be found below.

The box has its original solid brass hinges. It also has its original working lock and a replacement vintage key.

Swallow Symbolism

The Swallows on this box were most likely added to be symbolic. The Swallow has long represented the safe journey home of a loved one.

Mosaic Tesselation Inlay

This type of inlay is skillfully created with hundreds of tiny pieces of wood.  It is painstakingly put together over many, many hours, to form a beautiful mosaic pattern. Several varieties of wood are used to add colour and dimension to the mosaic.

About Olive Wood

Olive wood has a distinctive grain and rich colour and characteristic brown and yellow streaks. These
features make it a sought after wood for decorative items such as jewellery boxes.

Olive wood 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.

The Interior

The interior has two swing opening compartments and a further larger compartment beneath.

All three compartments have been beautifully refurbished by our skilled box restorer. The bases of each have new padded satin panels and the interior walls have new satin linings. The silk is a lovely teal blue shade.

The inside of the lid has its original inset oval mirror. This is a beautiful old high-quality mirror with a lovely bevelled edge.

Our Jewellery Box Restorer

You can read about Jim, our wonderful box restorer, by visiting our About Us page.

Notes About Vintage Locks

We would like to make you aware that vintage locks can occasionally malfunction. They are
already very old and so will naturally have some wear from age and use.

We are not responsible for locks that may malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased.
Please ensure the lock is still working as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again prior to postage.

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


This wonderful old box is in very good condition for its 90 or so years of age.

The box has sound structure and no nasty knocks or scratches.

The hinges and lock are still in very good working order.

The interior satin, being brand new, is in immaculate condition!

There is minor 'rippling' to the inlay in a few areas.

The mirror has some age-related foxing as we'd expect on a box of this age.


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

Length:  26.3cm
Width:   14.3cm
Height:   10.8cm

Swing Compartments x 2:

10.0 by 9.7cm with a 3.8cm depth.

Lower Compartment:

22.8 by 10.4cm with a 3.7cm depth.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by 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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