Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal

    Musical fob seal


    Circa 1820

    Gold, steel, brass; mechanical work, soldering, polishing, chasing

    4.0 x 2.0 x 2.4 cm


    Golden fob is in the form of oval case containing miniature musical mechanism with ornately shaped handle. The case lateral surface is decorated with corrugation. Polished flat lid closes the case bottom surface. The mechanism activating button is on the lateral side. The handle comprised of two identical openwork compositions made up from wire elements is fastened to the smooth convex upper side. Polished bushing with the movement winding rod passes through the handle and spherical finial. Winding crank made in the form of three thin soldered rings is fixed on rod end. Miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and stack of eight tuned slats.