Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal with case

    Musical fob seal with case


    Circa 1815

    Gold, steel, brass, enamel; mechanical works, chasing, champlevé enamel, repousse

    4.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm


    Golden fob is in the form of oval case containing miniature musical movement with volumetric hollow ring soldered on top. The case lateral surface is formed by alternating smooth and corrugated strips. Hinged polished lid closes the lower side. The handle is a hollow ring, soldered from two halves, decorated with floral ornament in the colored champleve enamel technique. Rod with wide circular suspension at the end, which serves to wind the musical movement passes through the ring.
    A bushing decorated with four red faceted stones in thin settings is on the rod inside the ring. Miniature spring-driven musical movement is comprised of pinned cylinder and a stack of nine tuned slats. Flat slider located on the case lateral side activates the mechanism. Red pasted over with The case pasted over with red leather, with velvet lodgment inside, is in the set.