Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Purse-shaped music snuffbox

    Purse-shaped music snuffbox

    Switzerland, Geneve


    Henri (Henry) Neisser

    Gold, brass, steel; chasing, guilloche, engraving, polishing

    6.15 x 3.9 x 1.9 cm, 84 gr

    Maker's mark in horizontal lozenge,“РС” in an oval. On one side of the key: “G.F. STENING, 26 SHIP ST, BRIGHTON'”, on the other - “WATCH MAKER & JEWELLER 2”. On the sticker: “А16”


    Music snuffbox in gold case in the form of a purse with a hinged lid and a curved onlay and chasing that imitates stitching. Engine-turned with leaf and crosslet motifs on wavy ground, framed with engraved foliate borders are on the case and lid surfaces. A hexagonal floral cartouche is on the shaped onlay . A music movement, covered with a plate with engraved ornament in the form of acanthus leaves is under the lid to the left, a compartment for tobacco is to the right. The lid inner side and tobacco compartment are polished, with hallmarks on the panels and welt. Music movement activation lever, an aperture for a spring winding, and a sticker are on the ribbed left lateral panel. A miniature musical movement consists of a spring motor, a programe cylinder with pins and a steel sound comb. A later English key with a swivel grip, a neck in the form of a shield with inscriptions on both sides and a steel rod with a square cross section aperture.