Signing Machine

Have $367,500 burning a hole in your pocket? Well, you could either sign your own name on documents, or buy Jaquet Droz’s “Signing Machine”, which functions exactly as it sounds. Consisting of 585 parts, this pocket-sized mechanical machine uses a 4-digit numeric code to sign the owners signature to exact specification, complete with hand-engraved gold finishes. When fully wound, you can use it for two full signatures. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

“This exquisitely baroque gadget is essentially a little cartridge full of clockwork. You wind it up, stick a pencil in its tiny retractable claw, and let it go. The gears and levers recreate your signature with a series of flowing strokes generated by the movement of the gears,” according to Tech Crunch.