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This is a beautiful vintage musical jewellery box, made in Japan in the 1960s/1970s. It comes with its original key and gift box.
The box has a beautiful Grand Piano design and a glossy red and black lacquered finish. It is beautifully decorated with hand-painted Japanese landscape scenes which include Mount Fuji and temples. The lid and front are further decorated with iridescent Abalone shell inlay. This adds a beautiful shimmer to the box!
There is a pretty engraved metal escutcheon to the keyhole and the box is complete with its original working lock and key.
The box stands raised on its original tapered feet and has its original white metal 'piano' hinges. These hold the lid upright.
The interior has two storage compartments and a revolving resin ballerina. It is lined with a durable ribbed cord fabric which has a colourful cerise pink shade.
The inside of the lid has angled mirror panels, with silky gold braid trim on either side.
The Ballerina has a painted gold bustier corset and a white net skirt with polka dots. She starts revolving when the musical movement is wound.
The Musical Movement
The movement plays 'Auld Lang Syne'. This originated as a poem written by Robert Burns in the late 18th century. The poem was later set to the tune of a traditional folk song and became Auld Lang Syne as we now know it.
Operating The Musical Movement
The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. 2 turns of the key are all that's required to play the tune.
The movement is in fair working order with a little 'clunkiness' to the tune. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed or when the movement is fully unwound.
Notes On Vintage Musical Movements
Care must be taken not to overwind the movement. Over winding will result in the movement malfunctioning. It is very important not to turn the winding key more than twice.
Vintage movements are already old and so will naturally have some wear from age and use. They may occasionally malfunction or deteriorate over time.
We are not responsible for movements that may deteriorate or malfunction from further age and use once a box is purchased. Neither are we responsible for movements that malfunction from overwinding.
Please ensure the movement is still working as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again prior to posting.
You can view our full returns policy which includes musical movements and locks, by visiting our Payments And Returns page.
This box is in excellent vintage condition with very little wear despite its age. It is structurally sound and has no damage.
All of the lacquer, paint and Abalone shell inlay, is present and intact.
The lacquer still has a beautiful glossy sheen which is wonderful as this often dulls over time.
The interior linings are neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying. They are clean and have seen little use as the box has been stored in its original gift box for most of its life.
The mirrors have clouded over time as is often the case with these Japanese boxes. Please see the close-up photo provided.
The box locks securely. Please ensure the lid is flush against the base before locking the box.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
Interior Front Compartment:
10.3 by 4.7cm with a 3.9cm depth.
Interior Side Compartment:
12.0 by 8.0cm with a 4.4cm depth.
The side compartment is shaped and we've taken the longest length and width measurements.
UK. This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.
International postage is £15 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. Delivery may be longer depending on the speed of your local postal service and/or if your package has to go through customs.
Please visit our Orders & Delivery page for further details.
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The Old Jewellery Box Shop
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