Making a Marotte

webfig3The word “marotte” comes from 17th century French, meaning an obsession or foolish idea. It was adopted to mean the mock sceptre of office, carried by a jester, with a head wearing a cap and bells in imitation of the jester’s own outfit.

They first appeared in France as a doll on a stick. Some contained a musical movement under the clothing which played when the stick was vigorously rotated.

I decided to have a go at making one………..

From Issue 5, Summer 2016, of Mechanical Music World. To read this article in full, become a member and receive a copy. Full details on Membership Page