American School Apparatus Co. Orrery

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
orrery
date made
ca 1870
maker
American School Apparatus Co.
Long, Marshall
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
Measurements
globe: 5 in; 12.7 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
PH*326957
accession number
264801
catalog number
326957
subject
Astronomy
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Globes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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