Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal with key

    Musical fob seal with key


    Circa 1830

    Steel, brass, enamel; mechanical work, gilding, repousse, champlevé enamel, soldering, gems setting

    4.4 x 2.8 x 2.25 cm


    Gilded fob is in the form of oval case containing miniature musical movement, with volumetric hollow ring soldered on the top. The case convex upper side is smooth and polished. The lateral surface is formed by alternating smooth and corrugated strips. The hinged polished lid closes the lower side. Hollow ring soldered from two halves, decorated with floral ornament, realized in the technique of colored champlevé enamel on repousse surface is the handle. The annular inner and external surfaces are smooth and polished. A rod with annular suspension at the end passes through the handle, which serves to wind the musical movement and automaton. Bushing decorated with four thin gilded frames with blue sapphires is put on the stem inside the ring. Miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and sound comb. Flat slider located on the case side activates the mechanism. Winding key is in the set.