American School Apparatus Co. Orrery

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This simple demonstration device is based on a patent (#88,187) issued in 1869 to Marshall Long, a teacher in New York. An example manufactured by the American School Apparatus Co., a firm that was in business in New York from about 1865 to 1875, won a first prize at the American Institute fair of 1869, and an honorable mention in 1870.
This example sits on a circular walnut base. The Sun is missing. The Earth is marked “American School Apparatus Co. New York” and shows Alaska (1867), the pre-1867 boundary of the Dakota Territory, and such details as shipping routes and the “Submarine Cable” across the Atlantic.
Ref: D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 23 and 110.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1870
American School Apparatus Co.
Long, Marshall
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
globe: 5 in; 12.7 cm
overall: 18 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 46.99 cm x 52.07 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
D. C. Public Schools
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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