Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal

    Musical fob seal


    Circa 1820

    Steel, brass; mechanical works, gilding, soldering, polishing, chasing

    Height 3.7 cm


    Gilded fob from thin metal in the form of oval case containing miniature musical movement. The lateral surface is decorated with a stripe of chased foliage pattern on mesh surface. The flat polished lid closes the case bottom. The movement activating sliding lever is on the case lateral surface. The handle consisting of two identical ornately shaped arcs, merging in the joined chased rams’ heads is attached to the smooth convex upper side. Chased images of acorns and oak leaves are placed inside the arcs. Rod with ring suspension on the end, which serves for winding the musical movement passes through the handle. The miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and stack of seven tuned slats.