- This clockwork mechanism shows Mercury, Venus, Earth and Moon orbiting the Sun. There is a dial for the Moon’s Age and another for Solar Time. The inscription reads: “JAMES GILES, Master of GRAVESEND / FREE-SCHOOL, Invt et Fecit.” The signature probably refers to the James Giles Jr. who built a curious sundial at Milton Church, and wrote a text on English grammar.
- Ref: Henry C. King and John R. Millburn, Geared to the Stars. The Evolution of Planetariums, Orreries, and Astronomical Clocks (Toronto, 1978), pp. 166-167.
- Robert Pockock, The History of the Incorporated Town and Parishes of Gravesend and Milton (Gravesend, 1797), p. 117.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- ca 1800
- James Giles
- place made
- United Kingdom: England, London
- Physical Description
- wood (overall material)
- metal (overall material)
- overall: 62.2 cm x 44.7 cm; 24 1/2 in x 17 19/32 in
- overall: 23 5/8 in x 16 in x 16 in; 60.0075 cm x 40.64 cm x 40.64 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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