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This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy. It dates to the 1960/70s and is in superb condition.
The box has a wonderful burl Maple veneer and beautiful floral inlay. The inlay is made up of several varieties of wood and is very decorative.
All of the wood has been beautifully polished to a smooth high gloss finish.
The box is complete with its original piano hinge. This is a quality 'stop' hinge which prevents the lid from falling back.
The box stands raised on its original tapered feet.
The bottom of the box has retained both of its original labels. One is its manufacturers label and the other its song title label.
The interior has a single storage compartment and the musical movement is cased to the right of this. There is shallow storage space upon the ledge of the casing, and the casing can be removed if the movement ever requires attention.
The interior has a beautiful soft red velour lining.
The Musical Movement
The movement plays the beautiful Italian tune 'Torna a Sorrento'. The English translation of this is 'Come Back To Sorrento'. It is a beautiful Neapolitan song (originally spelt 'Torna a Surriento') 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.
Operating The Musical Movement
The musical movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. 6 turns of the key are sufficient to 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
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 read our returns policy which includes our policy on musical movements.
This wonderful box is in excellent condition. All of the inlay is present and intact, and the box is structurally sound. There is very little wear to this box!
The hinge is in perfect working order, as is the musical movement.
The interior velour lining is in lovely condition with just a few minor marks which are not that unsightly.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
9.5 by 6.5cm with a 3.5cm depth.
9.3 by 5.8cm with a 1.3cm depth.
This box will be posted FREE within the UK, by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.
International postage is by Royal Mail International Tracked post. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe, and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.
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