When a small child, my mother purchased one of these jewelry boxes and so my love of them began back then. I grew up with one on her dresser and always liked it. Fast forward a few decades later when I entered into the antique trade and found the first one of these boxes in good enough condition for me to purchase. That was the first one. After that, I continued to buy them whenever I encountered one so I could preserve them and sell them to others. We have acquired them in various sizes and with various numbers of jade panels. We have not found any larger or with more than 8 jade panels, and so is considered the biggest and the best. Quality can and does vary. This one is great.
It features dovetail construction. It is in overall excellent condition with very minor wear from age and use. Many times we have seen these in antique malls with the wood totally destroyed when someone too enthusiastically tried to clean or strip it from the original rich brown finish thereby ruining it forever. The wood has developed a rich, deep brown color and the brasses have developed a dulled patina only happening with natural aging. There is even some verdigris on the brasses. Also, some of the brass corners have lifted up. All is visible in the photos. Because we could not get the music box to work reliably (it has a mind of its own) we were unable to determine the tune it is set to play. There are 8 carved jade panels.
The interior drawers are lined in a red printed fabric. Two of the drawers have sections specifically for holding rings. The bottom drawer is relatively deep and has a compartment that lifts out to show more storage underneath it (see photos).
There is a red tag on the bottom edge of the back side that has Chinese characters as well as the words 'Shanghai China'. This is the first of its kind that we found with a music box!
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