Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal

    Musical fob seal

    Switzerland, Geneva

    Circa 1815

    Gold, steel, brass; mechanical works, soldering, polishing, embossed chasing

    3.9 x 3.0 x 2.45 cm


    Golden fob in the form of oval case contains miniature musical mechanism with ornately shaped handle. The case lateral surface is decorated with corrugation. Flat lid fastened with screws closes the case bottom surface. The sliding switch that activates the mechanism is on the case lateral case side. The handle is comprised of two ornately shaped halves placed between the ends of the crescent. The movement winding rod passes through the handle. Winding crank in the form of suspension comprised of three thin soldered rings is fixed on the rod end. Miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and stack of nine tuned slats.