Orrery

Description
This unsigned wooden instrument was probably made in the United States in the early 19th century, and probably used by an itinerant lecturer. It consists of a circular table with three turned legs. A zodiac, with its 12 signs, is painted on the table top. Above this is a geared mechanism representing the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Moon.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
early 19th century
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 37 in x 40 in; 93.98 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
PH.333718
catalog number
333718
accession number
304555
subject
Astronomy
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Measuring & Mapping
Globes
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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