Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical locket

    Musical locket

    Switzerland, Geneve

    Circa 1820

    Bruguier Charles-Abraham (The Senior)

    Gold, turquoise, brass, steel; guilloche, engraving, presswork, gem stones setting, soldering

    36 gr

    Marks: on the key “7518”, “M”


    Gold and turquoise musical locket, the single-air double-sided disk sur-plateau movement with nine teeth on one side, eight teeth on the other, grouped from crescent comb screw cluster to the spring side, female winding spindle. In rich gold pocket-watch form case, with top hoop pressing for case hinge opening, the sides finely pressed with flowers, stems, leaves and ripened fruits, embellished with miniature leaf appliqués and finished with grouped turquoise bosses, start/stop hidden within the decoration at the side of the case, the interior with movement cover having dot decorated ground and central glazed roundel for hair lock, with key. The key from brass with a grip in the form of a spin top with a steel rod with a square crosss-section aperture. Medallions, in which the curls of the beloved person were stored, became fashionable in the 18th century, as a reflection of ancient beliefs about the magical power of hair. In the XIXth century, hair came into common use as a popular material in manufacturing jewellery in combination with precious metals.