Educational Depository Tellurian

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This simple instrument has a heavy brass stand, and a horizontal arm that connects a brass Sun with the Earth and its Moon. A cartouche on the Earth reads “3IN HEM GLOBE / EDUCATIONAL DEPOSITORY U.C.” Located in Toronto, the Educational Depository supplied books, charts, and other educational material to schools in Upper Canada.
This tellurian was probably one of the many objects that the Education Department of Ontario sent to Philadelphia for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. It then went to the U.S. Bureau of Education, and that organization transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1910.
Ref: Catalogue of School Material Exhibited by the Education Department of Canada at the Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876, p. 39.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1876
Educational Depository U.C.
place made
Canada: Ontario, Toronto
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 8 in; 27.94 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: 15 1/2 in x 24 in x 8 3/8 in; 39.37 cm x 60.96 cm x 21.2725 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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