A very fine English silver musical snuffbox, with hidden erotic automaton
by Charles Rawling & William Summers, London, 1829,
No. 201, with 2-air cylinder movement, the 21-part sectional comb with teeth in groups of three, the extreme treble in group of four, on brass comb bar stamped P.IC, double blade governor (Geneva stopwork missing), on plain brass bedplate, in outstanding silver case with heavy relief lid bearing a scene of two gentlemen resting with smoking pipes, battle field drums and tent canvasses, two ladies in the foreground, a couple in a state of sexual embrace with trees in the background, the frame finished with rococo C scroll border, geometric stylised floral raised edge, repeated to the lid push, full piano hinge opening to reveal full silver-gilt interior with marks to both lid and snuff compartment base, the sides with repeated quatre-linier wave line ground, plain silver circular start/stop and change/repeat buttons, the underside panel with matching ground, sliding through the side and removing completely for view of the highly erotic veri-gilt and blued metal highlighted automaton of a standing man and half-seated lady, inflagrante-delicto, in a classical garden of trees, flowers and architecture including a dolphin-head fountain, animals and birds with a seated dog in the center foreground in a state of self-fellation, the movement to the man's hips, knees and shoulder, the male key-wind spindle from the top-right corner, in original tooled brown leather travelling case with lock, with key for music box - 3.3/4in. wide, the cylinder 2.1/2in.