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This is a beautiful, high quality, vintage musical jewellery box. It was made in Sorrento in Italy, and it dates to the 1980s. It is a wonderful little box for a small collection of jewellery.
This box has a beautiful Marblewood veneer and very pretty inlay on the lid.
The inlay is made from several varieties of wood and features a mandolin, a musical score sheet, and leaves.
There is a lovely Mahogany veneered frame to the lid.
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 label, and the box comes with its original manufacturers certificate of guarantee.
Marblewood, also known as Serpentwood, is an exotic wood with distinctive patterning. It can be polished to a beautiful high lustre but is dense and heavy and therefore difficult to work. For this reason Marblewood is seldom used for boxes, and so boxes such as this one are rare and hard to find.
The interior has a beautiful Mahogany veneer to match the frame on the lid. It has a single small storage compartment on the left, and the musical movement is cased to the right of this. There is further shallow storage space upon the ledge of the casing.
The compartment and casing have soft brushed felt linings. The felt is a lovely chocolate brown shade which compliments the warm Mahogany veneer.
The Musical Movement
The movement plays the beautiful Italian tune 'Torna a Sorriento' (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. Seven 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 lovely condition with only minor age related wear. It is structurally sound and has no damage.
The interior linings are excellent with no splits or fraying. They have minor marks from jewellery storage.
The musical movement is in perfect working order as stated above.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
6.2 by 3.0cm with a 3.7cm depth.
Space Upon Ledge of Casing:
6.0 by 5.7 with a 1.1 - 1.6cm 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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