Here we have a lovely, albeit shabby, vintage Mele jewelry box just brimming with vintage jewelry. The inside of the box is red satin and velvet with no stains or tears, but there are many indentation in the velvet from where jewelry lay. There is a ledge where a pretty ballerina pirouettes in front of a triangular mirror. The music does play and the ballerina spins - I cannot name the melody although I know it is some sonata that I played long ago on my violin. You can hear the musical spinning mechanism more than you probably should - a sort of humming in the background - and the ballerina spins slower than she originally did. The exterior of the box is in fair condition - there is a lot of age wear/marks on the lid and there is a gouge in the leatherette on the top back (shown in pictures). The box is structurally sound and sits on four gold feet. The latch works, but there is no key. Inside the "stage" under the ballerina, there is something that slides back and forth and I believe it may be the key...or a long forgotten piece of jewelry. This is a perfect jewelry box to "refinish".
The jewelry consists of four necklaces (one faux pearl, one rhinestone, one glass beads, and one lucite/plastic), two bangle bracelets, three pairs of clip earrings, a vintage glove clip, 17 brooches, 1 stickpin, and an old rosary with tag still attached. Some pieces are quite old, some from the 70's or early 80's. One bangle is marked "geniune brass"; the crucifix on the rosary is stamped "France"; one butterfly brooch is marked "Panetta"; one brooch is marked "JJ"; one marked "Gerrys"; one marked that I cannot read; and an angel brooch marked "Christopher Radko". I believe the rest are unmarked. Nothing is broken and there are no missing stones - there will be vintage wear (minor plate loss, finish loss on glass beads, perhaps a darkened stone) but nothing of major detraction. Many pieces are perfect.
The boxed weight is 5 pounds. Shipping quote is for coast to coast and may be less to your zip code. Jewelry will be wrapped and sent inside of the box and it will be mailed securely. Fun lot in a pretty, musical box!
Fourth Coast Vintage