Orrery

Orrery

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Description
Here an astronomical mechanism on an octagonal wooden base is moved by a clock within. One part of the mechanism is an orrery with wire arms holding simple planets (some of which are missing) with a curious assortment of moons. Another part is a tellurian showing the relative positions of the Earth and Moon. There is a clock face on one side of the base. The only readable inscription is “Paris.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
orrery
orrery
date made
late 19th century
place made
France
Measurements
overall: orrery: 16 7/8 in x 17 in x 17 in; 42.8625 cm x 43.18 cm x 43.18 cm
overall: bag of parts: 1 in x 5 in x 8 in; 2.54 cm x 12.7 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: wooden fragments, each: 1 in x 7 in x 1 in; 2.54 cm x 17.78 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
PH.321326
catalog number
321326
accession number
242903
subject
Astronomy
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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