mid-19th century ?
Object Place: Probably Switzerland
Overall: 3.5 x 4 x 2.7cm (1 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 1 1/16in.) Other (Closed): 3.3 x 2.3 x 2.7cm (1 5/16 x 7/8 x 1 1/16in.) Other (approximate): 2.9cm (1 1/8in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and enamel
Not On View
Key wind, set in spherical enamel case with ring at top; enamel work blue, black, and white on gold background; design of flowers and pair of birds on nest on one side, flowers, stringed musical instrument, and bird holding wreath in beak on other side.
There are two marks on the winding post, the number 88 on one side and the number 9 on the other. There is alao a mark on the ring on top which looks to be the head of a rooster
Gift to the MFA, 1952
Gift of Miss Elizabeth G. Norton