Items with Musical Movement

Music necessaire with automaton

    Music necessaire with automaton



    Wood, metal, silk, brass, steel, mirror, glass, paper, velvet; embroidery, pasting, woodwork

    19.5 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm

    Inscriptions - on the plate: "Royal gathering at Windsor", "Nov 17-1907"; on the sticker: "This Musical Box was purchased at the Sale of the Duchess of York by Ld. Chesterfield. It was the Gift of Rackes who wrote a (...?) and other friends of the Duchess"


    Musical sewing necessaire automaton in rectangular case with rounded corners, with ornately shaped gilded metal plates, made of wood, covered with embossed turquoise fabric, with the base and hinged lid with lock, on four round feet. The inner side of the base is pasted with purple satin, quilted pillow and two compartments for bottles are on the bottom. A mirror is inside the right part of the lid, cylinder musical movement for two tunes is in the lid left part. Musical movement is closed by a panel with the composition of colored paper with a sailing ship, rocking on stormy sea, windmill, keyhole and levers for activating the movement and automaton and switching the tunes. Front cardboard panel is pasted with purple velvet, embroidered with ribbon, with clips for scissors, sewing needle, thimble, stiletto and one missing tool. When the mechanism is turned on, a tune sounds, the boat swings on the waves, and the wings of the mill rotate.

    A photograph on glass plate for a magic lantern depicting a meeting of the royal family in Windsor in 1907 is enclosed in the case. A sticker with the handwritten inscription is on the bottom panel. Key with oval grip and long square cross section rod.

    It is presumed that the inscription referred to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (1867-1953) who held the titles Duchess of York from 1893 to 1901, Princess of Wales from 1901 to 1910, and queen consort to her husband, George V of England, from 1910 to 1936. Enid Edith Scudamore-Stanhope, Lady Chesterfield, lived at Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire from 1917 to 1957. Following her death, the house stuff was sold at auction by Curtis & Henson in June 1958. Accompanying the lot is a photographic magic lantern slide showing a royal gathering at Windsor in 1907. The Princess of Wales is the fifth person from the left.