Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal with key in the box

    Musical fob seal with key in the box


    Circa 1840

    Gold, steel, brass, enamel; mechanical work, chasing, soldering, champlevé enamel, painted enamel

    5.3 x 0.95 x 3.8 cm


    Yellow gold fob in the form of oval case contains miniature musical mechanism. Lateral sides are covered with thin plaques decorated with polychrome enamel images of landscape with sailing in the lake ship, on one side, and flowers on blue background, on the other. The finial is formed by two cornucopias supporting the winding rod bushing. Suspension ring serving as winding crank is on the rod end. Miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and stack of nine tuned slats. Lever located on the case rim bottom side activates the mechanism. Winding key is in the set.