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This is a lovely small vintage musical jewellery box. It was made in Italy and dates to the 1950s/60s.
The lid has a beautiful burr Elm wood panel and decorative marquetry inlay. The inlay is made from several varieties of wood, which are colourful and contrast beautifully. The surface of the lid has a smooth and glossy, polished and varnished finish. There is a beautiful Mahogany veneered frame to the lid, and Mahogany veneered panels to the body of the box. There is also inlaid Ebony stringing to the sides of the box.
The box has its original piano 'stop' hinge which prevents the lid from falling back. It stands raised on its original tapered resin feet.
The interior has a single small storage compartment, and the musical movement is cased to the right of this. There are pretty emerald green faux jewels, applied to the top of the movements casing. The compartment is suitable for small pieces of jewellery such as rings, earrings and pendants.
The Musical Movement
The movement plays a lovely tune which we haven't been able to dechiper. It winds up via the key on the bottom of the box. 5 turns of the key are sufficient to play the tune in full.
Hear the tune on our Facebook page. Click on image 4 of this box.
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The movement has been tested and is in good working order, although the tune plays a tad slow. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed or when the movement has fully unwound.
Notes on Musical Movements
As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to over wind the movement. Over winding can result in the movement malfunctioning.
We are not responsible for musical movements that suddenly malfunction from further age and use, once the box is purchased. Please check the tune is playing correctly as soon as you receive the box. Thank you.
You can view our policy on vintage musical movements on our Payments and Returns page.
This beautiful box is in lovely condition for its 50/60 years of age. It is structurally sound and all of the inlay is present. There is some minor age related wear to the body of the box/veneered panels to the body. There is some minor chipping to the wood around the winding key.
7.2 by 5.1cm with a 3.5cm depth.
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