Antique ‘Sorrento ware’ olive wood puzzle box in the shape of books
hand painted swallow birds and beautiful marquetry work on the lid
Made in Italy, circa 1900
Since the early 19th century Sorrento is known for its unique inlay and marquetry work.
One of the typical marks is the swallow birds.
It has a sliding open secret compartment on right side bottom where the key to be kept.
a front puzzle mechanism –
a bottom front panel moves to allow the middle front panel to slide down, revealing a key hole.
15.5 cm ( 6″) length, 12.5 cm (5″) width, 11 cm (4.2″) height
★★☆ – in Fair Condition for the age.
there is a crack line on the lid, but it looks like it could have been there originally.
a secret compartment and a front puzzle mechanism are in tact.
a corner of bottom with the compartment has a chip on wood.
comes with an original key however the lock is not working, needs attention.
(the lock seemed to be turning fine with the key, but not meeting the hole inside)
a front middle panel has gone lose, it is sliding down a bit.
priced as per condition, the item is worth a lot more when its in immaculate condition.