Delamarche Orrery

Description
This cardboard instrument that looks like an armillary sphere is actually an orrery. The inscription on the ecliptic band reads “à Paris Chez Delamarche Géog. / Rue du Foin Saint-Jacques / au College de Mtre Gervais.” The Sun is at the center, and there are concentric rings representing the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Charles François Delamarche (1740-1817) established a cartographic shop on Rue du Foin, in the Latin quarter of Paris. His successors continued the business well into the 19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
orrery
date made
ca 1800
maker
Delamarche, Charles Francois
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20 in; 50.8 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
PH*322759
accession number
250509
catalog number
322759
subject
Astronomy
Measuring & Mapping
Globes
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Globes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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