Vintage Sorrento Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

( JB317 )

Beautiful Italian musical jewellery box with inlay and an enamelled finish. Soft brushed felt lining. Plays the lovely Neapolitan song, Torna a Surriento'.

Vintage Sorrento Inlaid Musical Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy.  It dates to the 1970s/80s and is still in wonderful condition.

The Exterior

The exterior is made of a variety of burl wood and has a beautiful turquoise enameled finish.  
This is quiet rare on an Italian Sorrento box.  

The lid has decorative inlay made of several varieties of wood, and a beautiful Mahogany veneered frame.  

The inlay features a mandolin, a musical score sheet, and leafy flowers.  

The enamel is vitreous and has a lovely shimmer.

All of the exterior has a high polished finish and a protective varnish.  It has a beautiful sheen and is very smooth.

The box is complete with its original gold metal piano hinge.  This is a quality stop hinge which prevents the lid from falling back.

The box stands raised on its original gold metal bun feet.

The bottom of the box has retained its original song title and manufacturers labels.  The box is hand made as stated on the manufacturer's label.

The Interior

The interior has a beautiful Mahogany veneer which matches the frame on the lid.  It has a single storage compartment on the left, and the musical movement is cased to the right.  There is shallow storage space upon the ledge of the casing.

The compartment and casing have soft brushed felt linings.  These are a lovely dark chocolate brown shade and they compliment the warm Mahogany veneer.

The veneer has a high polished glossy finish and a protective varnish.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful Italian tune 'Torna a Surriento' (Torna a Sorrento).  The English translation of this is 'Come Back To Sorrento'.  It is a beautiful Neapolitan song which was composed in 1902 by Ernesto De Curtis.  The song has since been sung by numerous performers such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and each of the three tenors, to name just a few!

The movement is in perfect working order and plays the tune at its correct speed.  The music stops as it should, when the movement is unwound or when the lid is closed.

Operating The Musical Movement

The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box.  Five turns of the key are required to fully wind the movement.

Notes On Vintage Musical Movements

As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to over wind the movement.  Over winding will result in the movement malfunctioning.  We are not responsible for movements that are over wound or for movements which deteriorate from further age and use, once the box is purchased.

Please check the movement is operating correctly as soon as you receive the box.

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


This beautiful box is in excellent condition with very little wear.  The interior linings are in excellent clean condition with no splits or fraying.

The musical movement is in perfect working order as stated above.


Length:  16.3cm
Width:    10.9cm
Height:    6.3cm

Interior Compartment:

7.0 by 6.5cm with a 4.0cm depth.

Ledge Space of Casing:

6.7 by 5.8cm with a 1.3cm depth.


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

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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