Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal

    Musical fob seal


    Circa 1815

    Vincent Deville

    Gold, steel, brass; mechanical works, chasing, soldering, gilding

    3.8 x 2.9 x 2.4 cm


    Golden fob in the form of oval case contains miniature musical movement with openwork handle. The case side surface is adorned with corrugation. The case bottom is closed with polished flat lid attached with screws. The movement-activating button is on lateral side. A handle comprised of two ornately shaped lattices is attached to smooth convex upper side. The lattices rest on miniature polished beads at the bottom and connected at the top. Lattices are the compositions of wire arcs and chains of polished beads. Polished bushing passes through the handle and the main winding rod of the movement passes through the bushing. Winding crank made in the form of three thin soldered rings is fixed on the rod. Miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and stack of eight tuned slats.