Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal

    Musical fob seal


    Circa 1850

    Steel, brass; mechanical work, soldering, gilding, polishing

    3.8 x 2.8 x 2 cm


    Gilded fob is made of thin metal in the form of octagonal body containing miniature musical movement. The lateral surface is formed by alternating smooth and corrugated strips. The bottom of the case is closed with the polished flat lid, fastened with two screws. The sliding switch is located on the body wide side. A handle is attached to the convex smooth upper side, consisting of two identical profile arcs, passing below, at the attachment points, into connected chased sheep’s heads. Chased images of an acorn and two oak leaves are inside each arch. In the upper part, the arcs are soldered together, at the bottom they are connected by thin semicircle. Rod with annular suspension at the end that serves to wind the musical movement passes through the handle. The suspension is made in the form of three soldered wire rings. The miniature spring-powered musical movement is comprised of pinned cylinder and a stack of seven tuned lamellas.