Still lost in Gaskell today, but I wanted to share another great ebay find with you: an attachment for a laterna magica or probably another, similar optical toy.
When turn it, the people inside change their … uhm … position. *g* As I’ve just bought this little toy, be prepared to find it described in loving detail in one of my future novels!
This definitely falls into the category of “Things Nobody Would Believe If You Put Them into a Novel”: a chair with hunting motives and with a built-in musical mechanism.
Another curiosity: wine glasses as music boxes. You wind up the musical mechanism, and each time you lift the glass, you’ll hear a little melody. :O)
And here’s my absolute favourite: a music box formed like a golden cage with a little bird (and the birdie is made of real feathers) (okay, so that last bit is somewhat icky).