Objects with Movement

Music snuffbox

    Music snuffbox

    France

    19th century

    Silver, tortoise shell, steel, brass, horn; carving, polishing

    9 х 5.7 х 3 сm, 279 g

    On paper sheet: "START", "TUNE", "To start slide Left button to right and then return (otherwise plays until run down). To change tune move Right button to left and repeat as above"

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    Tortoise shell rectangular music snuffbox with a hinged lid. There are carved images of two ancient warriors in the center and the messengers of victory - the girls-angels with garlands - on the sides on the lid surface. There are two silver buttons on the front panel: the left one for switching on/off the music movement, the right one for the changing the tunes. An aperture for the spring winding is in the bottom surface. The music movement for two tunes, with a spring mechanism, a program cylinder and a steel sound comb. It is covered with a translucent horny plate of yellowish colour. A key with a grip comprised of a ring and an oval with a hexagonal plate between them and a square cross-section rod. The snuffbox is stored in a wooden case, covered with red leather. It is covered with dark green velvet inside. In the case is enclosed A sheet with the images of buttons, handwritten inscriptions and typewritten text - an instruction for switching on the music movement and changing the tunes is enclosed in the case.

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    Инв.1562/ДПИ