Feb 25, 2010

by English Muse

This little vintage box — found in a San Francisco thrift store — has the charm of Asia and the romance of the Viennese waltz that plays when you lift the enameled top. The tune will make you think of glittering ballrooms and floor-length dresses. And it’s the perfect place to stash small treasures heavy with memory. In our souls, we all know how to waltz.

Please leave a comment here to enter. The winner will be announced Monday!

PS: If you have a chance, please let me know which zines you read (see two posts below!) I’m putting together a list!

Thank you! Have a wonderful Thursday.


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102 Responses to “Thursday Giveaway: Vintage Japanese Music Box”

  1. Vintage Hair says:

    I love it so cute. I love vintage asian anything really. Your blog is wonderful by the way x&o's Sherri

  2. Atticus and Juliet says:

    you always find the neatest little things on your adventures.

  3. Kristen says:

    I love that notice 🙂 haha. For whatever reason it makes me smile.


  4. Christine says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous! I actually collect little boxes like that and I'm completely obsessed with all things Japanese. What a wonderful find. And how can you not love a box that plays music:)


  5. jamaica byles says:

    I'm a huge fan of anything Japanese! This would look lovely on my dressing table…..
    My favorite zines ; Elle Decor, Country Living, Food and Wine, Bon Appetite, British Country Living.

  6. Tia says:

    So pretty!!

  7. chelsea rebecca says:

    this is simply wonderful!
    crossing my fingers!

  8. picnic... lightning says:

    So beautiful and precious. I wonder if I will find something like this when I make my first trip to Japan this Spring. Or maybe I can listen to the sweet tinkling sounds of the Waltz to recall my adventure?

  9. Marie says:

    So beautiful! I would treasure it.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely! I would love to win; but also, could you do a post on how you find such fascinating knick-knacks? Also, where are good places to shop for boxes of people's old photographs?

  11. Ally says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Such an awesome giveaway!! I love reading your blog!!

  12. trish says:

    i have real fondness for old things and old boxes especially. Makes me think – what was kept in that box? who was she that protected her precious items under lock and key? jewels or love notes? it may have been a gift from a soldier; brought back from the war. what was the story behind the person who made it? or was it simply for export and still made someone happy?

    zines: departures

  13. Sara Ballstaedt says:

    I'm going to Asia next year! I WOULD LOVE THIS!

  14. elizabethscrawford says:

    aw this is way too adorable! i want one!

  15. Ali says:

    what a gem!

  16. susie q says:

    It's like a jewel. Love it!

  17. Mlle Paradis says:

    that's a wonderful find! ok, me please! thanks for sharing! it's a wonderful post even if it weren't a giveaway. gorgeous pics.

  18. Santafire says:

    I dont believe in coincidence. I just blogged about vintage few days ago and today, stumbling on your post… it must be fate^^

  19. Anonymous says:

    love your blog! I've been reading for several months now.And I'd LOVE to win the jewelry box!
    The only zine I've spent much time reading is COMETBUS by Aaron Cometbus. You can find an anthology of it in paperback:http://www.amazon.com/Despite-Everything-Aaron-Cometbus/dp/0867195614/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267124655&sr=8-1

    Lisa Strawberry

  20. J says:

    This is really lovely! I don't read any zines…too much time reading blogs and books!

  21. Giulia says:

    You could write copy for the best of them, T. Very pretty.

  22. Julia-Megumi says:

    It's so lovely! You find such amazing little treasures on your thrifting trips!

  23. Tonia says:

    Really beautiful, well found!

  24. Amanda says:


  25. Lane says:

    So pretty i love it!

  26. WrightStuff says:

    It looks like it definitely once held a secret treasure or two!

  27. Krissy ♥ says:

    Oh gosh, another beautiful find! 😀

  28. Kara Vanderbijl says:

    Music boxes. Oh, my. How very lovely. You do find the most wonderful things. You should start your own curio shop. : )

    Count me in!

  29. Hilary Leister says:

    I really like the box! My favorite parts are the antique key hole and the bright blue interior. Great find!


  30. Kay says:

    I'm beginning to think of you as a great show and tell class 🙂 come to think of it….i wonder what i would bring????? hmmmmmm

  31. rosanguyen says:

    My ears are itchying to hear the sound of the japanese music box.

  32. sngz says:

    That's beautiful.

    Haven't been reading any zines, though.

  33. Nicole Fernuik says:

    I love that you say we all know how to waltz in our hearts! I just wish my heart to tell my feet! This box is so elegant and charming!

  34. Melissa says:

    I came across your blog yesterday and I have to say I already love it.
    Music boxes from any place are simply too charming. Adorable, really!

  35. Brigitte says:

    adoorable. (: yes, want.


  36. Daisy says:

    This is such a beauty!!

  37. arteriole says:

    I can hear the twinkling notes already….. :))

  38. Bombchell says:

    wow would love to win it.

  39. Emily says:

    wow, that really is beautiful! i don't actually read any zines at the moment, but the ComiCosmos one looks like something i would really enjoy reading!


  40. Natalie says:

    So very pretty! 🙂

  41. TLW says:

    Awww, how pretty!

  42. Katrine says:

    What a beautiful box!

  43. Heidi Rose says:

    This looks so delicate, beautiful, and yet sturdy. Kind of like hope, if it were a tangible thing.

    I read SELF and Women's Health. My sister likes Marie Claire.

    (just recently became a follower. 🙂

  44. Beth282 says:

    Wow what an interesting piece. Absolutely gorgeous. Very generous of you to be giving it away. Lucky person! 🙂

  45. thedoodlegirl says:

    Lovely, lovely! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  46. Becks says:

    Ah!!! It's so pretty!!

  47. Pinecone Camp says:

    Well, that's pretty much perfect! I collect vintage Japanese things, everything from kokeshi to fabric screen print screens. As for mags I read Frankie, Dumbo Feather, Living Etc, and Elle Decoration UK.

  48. Pearl Grey says:

    It's exquisite. I had a music box when I was a little girl, with two ballet dancers that moved and span on top of a mirror to the music. I was disappointed to learn about magnets, and even more so when it broke.

  49. Emily Lou says:


  50. Heidi says:

    Oh pick me

  51. evelyn says:

    How lovely! Count me in

  52. Jack says:

    Once again blog surfing has turned up some lovely eye candy. Glad I stumbled upon your blog tonight 🙂


  53. leilani.e says:

    The only 'zines i really read consistently are Her Royal Majesty, out of Halifax, and the King's Femenist Society zine, as I contribute to it… 🙂 There are way too many good zines out there!
    (also, SO jealous of your SF trip. have way too much fun.)

  54. Chelsey says:

    So perfect!! Keeping my fingers crossed <3

  55. Michelle Carter says:

    I just discovered your blog and love it. I read Craft. I can't wait to visit SF again and visit many of the places you've featured especially the tea room.

  56. Ms Smart says:

    Pandora's black box.
    Travel with sound, sights, feelings.
    What treasures await?


    Ah! Please! I want it. I will trade you for my book. I guess that is not really allowed in a giveaway competition. Very lovely.

  58. Michelle Melski says:

    I'm reading "The Tale of Genji" right now, it's the first novel ever written and comes from Japan. In it there are music boxes like this that the characters would use to give love notes or rice cakes that symbolizes their love and unions. This box is very close to what I pictured!

  59. Annika says:

    very cute, i love boxes.
    i don't read many zines but i just ordered one called palimsest, it's unbound and multimedia…i'm excited to get it in the mail!

  60. Lavanya says:

    this is so cute! Would love to be entered in the draw!

  61. Sher says:

    What a treasure, its lovely:)

  62. stephanie says:

    i love the box! would love to win it.

    i read regularly read wired magazine and physics today.

  63. Anonymous says:

    music boxes take me back to my childhood when i had the little ballerina dancing around. SO SWEET
    btw ur one of my daily blogs.

  64. pearl. says:

    i love all things with an asian twist! music boxes ar agical, i have one from weni was youner which plays 'somewhere over the rainbow' its lovely 🙂
    Pearl xo

  65. Jen says:

    Hello, I love Japonisme.

  66. Fleurette says:

    Truly exquisite! I read O ,house and garden,quiltmaker,getaway travel.

  67. aurele says:

    So cute! its lovely .. 😉

  68. Nancy says:

    Oh my god, fingers crossed for this one! I hope I'm lucky..

  69. Helena says:

    magical xoxo

  70. The Hausfrau says:

    It's amazing!

    Regarding zines, I got out of the habit of reading them (other than The East Village Inky, which I have loved for years) when I started reading blogs. I know there are still so many good zines out there, as you are finding.

  71. Rouenna says:

    Ah, music boxes are magical for me. I've been dreaming to own one, but can't seem to find anything vintage here.

  72. Becci says:

    Oh it's so beautiful!! Fav mags are Frankie and Donna Hay.

  73. Velvet says:

    I really love that kind of boxes!

  74. Twyla and Lindsey says:

    Such a beautiful jewelry box. I remember these being very popular when I was a little girl, but I never had one. This one is in such nice condition. Thank you so very much for your generosity and for the opportunity to win it. Have a nice day! Twyla

  75. Baby Blue says:

    So lovely! I wish I had a better jewelry collection so I could store it here 🙁

  76. jennifer says:

    adorable box!
    i don't read any fashion zines.?

  77. Nissa says:

    How lovely! It reminds me of a music box my aunt sent to my mom from Japan when I was a little girl. It had black lacquer like yours, but it had a scene of cherry blossom trees on the top and played the melody from "Sukiyaki" by A Taste of Honey. Haha! :oD It clearly wasn't vintage!

  78. ▲ says:

    oh. god! love it! my boyfriend would love it!

  79. yuan says:

    I love it very much. I have passion of collecting vintages. Very nice!

  80. Mary P. says:

    Oh how charming! We have to get you up here someday for the Alameda Flea Market. First Sunday of every month.

  81. lynnevincent says:

    You find the most wonderful things on your adventures!

  82. Reginasaurus says:

    Ohh, I love it! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. xo

  83. Meghan says:

    So beautiful and unique! Pick me!

  84. Addie says:

    Cute little box!

    I haven't really had the chance to read many zines..

    I should start!


  85. Erica says:


  86. heleen says:

    Oh this is too adorable! I just happen to be in need of a new box to keep my letters in, this would be perfect!

    As for magazines… I'm really fond of Zoo Magazine and if I have enough money on me I can never resist buying i-D 🙂 There are a bunch of great online magazines I religiously read, too!

  87. kimberj says:

    What a lovely prize! You are so thoughtful 🙂 Don't put me in the running though because I am fortunate enough to have a similiar one from my late great Aunt Mabel. She was truly Diamond Lil and a loan shark wrapped in one tiny sparkly dynamite package. Thanks for making me think of the lovely woman again!!!

  88. abigail's treasure says:

    oh how gorgeous – if I am so lucky?!

    also thank you for posting my link on your community page, i love your blog!

  89. Melissa says:

    Oh wow! My grandmother used to have one of these – I have no idea where it went to. Probably got lost in the mellee of children growing up. Such a pretty little treasure!

  90. Alexandra. says:

    This is absolutely lovely. My mother used to collect music boxes, and she would say "I feel as if the little dancers inside are spinning 'round just for me."

    I frequent Vogue and The Week, as my magazines of preference.

  91. J. Christina Huh says:

    Oh how lovely!! You find the most wonderful things. 🙂

  92. designani says:

    Lovely!!!!!! I wanted it so badly…..

  93. Amelia says:

    this box is so beautiful!
    I'm on the lookout for some zines myself, so I look forward to seeing your list 🙂

  94. Hannah says:

    it's super adorable. and so is this blog.

  95. Elizabeth Lee says:

    this would make such a perfect birthday gift for one of my friends! 🙂 i haven't had very much time to read lately, but i'll look forward to your recommendations!

  96. Zzzz says:

    Your found box reminds me of a box my sister-in-law Teresa gave me when I was a child. I assumed I would be tall and beautiful like Teresa, who was a model, since I was too young to understand genetics. I was pleased she would choose such a wonderful object for me and mesmerized by its sound. Unfortunately, the box was lost long ago during my turbulent and rebellious teenage years. My sister-in-law died young from an unusual type of lung cancer and I've always looked for a replacement when I have been in resale shops. You found it! I would be happy to give it a new home. Thanks for documenting your life–it's an intriguing read.

  97. Amandolin says:

    I adore this little box! How do you find all these cute little things?

  98. Anna says:

    My dad spent a good amount of time living in Japan, so, I've always grown up with a soft spot for Japanese decor. I love that this is a music box as well.

  99. Poethead says:

    I had this very same box, when I was a little girl! This picture brings back so many memories.

  100. Mary says:

    Beautiful!! But if I win can you post to Scotland? BTW I have booked your Paris apartment for a vacation in June. Thank you for that.

  101. karma_n_namaste says:

    Oh my goodness. It looks identical to this one my mother had when I was a little girl. I used to watch her get ready and she'd take out her cameo necklace and this beautiful ruby ring she left to me. Ahhh the Memories.

  102. Steve McGarrigle says:

    I have one of those – it belonged to my mother. I loved listening to the melody and playing with the trinkets that she kept in there when i was very young.
    I was just thinking about it (It's stashed away in a box in the attic somewhere.
    I was very suprised to see pictures of one that's identical on only my second search result.

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