Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal with automaton

    Musical fob seal with automaton


    Early 19th century

    Gold, steel, brass, enamel, red color stones; mechanical works, polishing, silvering, soldering, chasing, champlevé enamel, guilloché enamel

    4.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm


    Golden musical fob seal in the form of oval case is comprised of miniature musical movement and automaton. Top side is closed by the plate decorated with polychrome floral enamel pattern.

    Music mechanism and automaton activating button is located on ornately shaped lateral surface. Hinged lid closes the bottom side. The polished signet with the engraved monogram made of black stone is inserted in the lid bottom side. The handle in the shape of volumetric hollow ring decorated with floral ornament and made in the colored chiseled enamel technique is soldered to the mechanism case top side. A rod with the knurled crown at the end passes through the handle. Bushing with four red faceted stones in oval settings is put on the rod inside the ring. The miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and stack of tuned slats.