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This is a beautiful vintage jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy. It dates to the 1930s and is complete with its original working lock and key.
This box is made of solid Olive wood. The lid has beautiful hand painted Swallows, surrounded by an inlaid mosaic frame.
There is a lovely curved design to the front of the lid and the box is complete with its original hinges.
The Swallows on this box were most likely added as a form of symbolism. The Swallow represents the safe journey home of a loved one.
About Olive Wood
Olive wood has a distinctive grain and rich colour, and characteristic brown and yellow streaks. These features make it a sought after wood for decorative items such as jewellery boxes.
Olive wood is also favoured for its hardness. It is a strong durable wood with a fairly high density, and it takes well to cutting and polishing.
The olive tree primarily grows in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Its wood has been used for many years by Italian box makers in particular. It is also a favoured wood in areas of the Holy Lands such as Jerusalem.
The interior has two compartments at the top and a further larger compartment beneath. The top compartments are hinged and swing open to the side. All three compartments have their original quilted pink silk panels and silk linings.
The inside of the lid has its original inset mirror. This is nicely framed by pink silk cord which has a twisted 'rope' design.
This wonderful old box is in very good condition for its 80 plus years of age.
All of the inlay and paint is present, and the box has sound structure.
The interior silk, being original, has some light marks/light staining and light wear. This is commensurate with age and honest use.
The hinges are in good working order and the box locks securely.
The mirror has become cloudy/distressed from age.
Notes About Vintage Locks
We would like to make you aware that vintage locks can occasionally malfunction. They are already very old and will naturally have some wear from age and use. We are not responsible for locks that malfunction from further age and use.
Please ensure the lock is still working as soon as you receive your box. Thank you.
You can view our full returns policy which includes locks, by visiting our Payments And Returns page.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
Length & Width have been measured across the lid.
Interior Top Compartments x 2:
6.2cm square with a 2.0cm depth.
Interior Lower Compartment:
15.0 by 6.7cm with a 1.6cm depth.
UK. This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.
International postage is £25 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.
Please contact us for more details.
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