Small Vintage Floral Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

( JB233 )

Small vintage inlaid musical jewellery box from Sorrento, Italy. Satinwood veneer and a beautiful inlaid Posy of flowers.

Small Vintage Floral Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful small inlaid musical jewellery box.  It was made in Sorrento, Italy, and it dates to the 1970s/80s.

The Exterior

This box is made of Satinwood which has been polished to a beautiful high gloss finish.  The lid has decorative inlay which is made up of various stained woods, and this is surrounded by a Mahogany veneered frame.  There is also lovely inlaid stringing within the frame.  The decorative inlay is of a beautiful posy of flowers, tied with a pretty bow.

There is a decorative inlaid gold metal escutcheon to the lock, and a gold metal piano hinge to the lid.

The lid has a subtle pyramid shape with a softened flat centre.

The box stands raised on gold metal bun feet and the winding key to the musical movement is on its bottom.

The box is complete with its original key and it locks securely.

The bottom of the box has retained its original MADE IN ITALY, tune title, and retailers labels.

The Interior

The interior has a single storage compartment, plus further storage space on the ledge behind it. The ledge is the lid of the casing to the musical movement.  The interior is lined with plush red velvet.

The inside of the lid, and the edges around the compartment, are all Mahogany veneered.  There is lovely stringing detail to the inside of the lid, to match that on the exterior.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful 'Lara's Theme' from the epic 1960s romantic drama film, Dr Zhivago.  It is a quality 18 note, Sanyo Japanese musical movement.  The movement winds up via the key on the bottom of the box.  6 turns of the key are sufficient to play the tune in full.  

The movement has been tested and is currently in good working order.  The tune plays at the correct speed and stops as it should, when the lid is closed or when the movement has fully unwound.

Notes About Vintage Locks And Musical Movements

Care should be taken not to over wind the movement.  Over winding with the key can result in the movement malfunctioning.

We would like to make you aware that vintage locks and movements 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 or movements that malfunction from further age and use, once the box is purchased.

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


This beautiful box is in lovely condition despite its 30/40 years of age.  There is no loss of veneer or inlay, and the interior velvet linings are in very nice condition with no splits, wear, or fraying.

There is a very fine hairline crack to the lid, along where the inlaid bow is.  This is completely superficial and does not run deep into the wood.  It is a very minor flaw which does not spoil the beautiful overall appearance of the box.  Please see image 4.  There are a few teeny marks to the Mahogany veneer in the interior.


Length:  16.3cm
Width:   16.3cm
Height:    6.5cm

Inside Compartment:

11.8 by 6.3cm with a 4.0cm depth.


12.0 by 5.8cm with a 1.3cm depth.


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International postage is delivered fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.  Postage is by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed.

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