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 “3 IN 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.

Date Made: ca 1876

Maker: Educational Depository U.C.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Canada: Ontarian, Toronto

Subject: Astronomy


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.261259Accession Number: 51116Catalog Number: 261259

Object Name: Tellurian

Physical Description: cast iron (overall material)brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 in x 8 in; 27.94 cm x 20.32 cmoverall: 15 1/2 in x 24 in x 8 3/8 in; 39.37 cm x 60.96 cm x 21.2725 cm


Record Id: nmah_1446245

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