Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Snuffbox with musical timepiece

    Snuffbox with musical timepiece

    Switzerland or France

    early 19th century

    Yellow metal, glass, leather; chasing, engraving, , soldering, embossing

    Diameter 8.8 cm

    Mark on the key: "O"


    Snuffbox in oval yellow color metal case. The upper lid is hinged. The case and the lid are decorated with chiselled border - a seashell pattern. Two medallions with foliage patterns are on the case lateral surface. Round case with musical movement and glazed timepiece is in the centre. Roman numerals, minute graduations, black color hour and minute hands are on the clock dial.  Dark green shagreen leather inserts are both sides of the glass. Activating lever is in the glass rim aperture. The movement is covered with round lid with three keyholes from the inner side. One keyhole is for winding the clock, the second one is for winding  the musical movement, the third one is for the hands adjustment.
     The clockwork with cylinder escapement. The music movement with metal disc with pins and steel sound reeds.