Globe and Accessories, c. 1700?
|Inventory Number:|| 22409|
|Object Type:|| |
|Brief Description:||Globe and accessories of unknown origin.|
Ivory and brass. Unsigned and undated; c.1700?.
The assembly shown is perhaps not correct. The components are:
1. An ivory globe, marked with lines indicating the Poles, Equator, Tropics, Ecliptic and lines of longitude, on a hollow brass tube or stem. This globe is of the type used in orreries and may be a 'spare'. The brass projections on its surface were perhaps to demonstrate the lengthening of shadows cast by the Sun as distance from the Equator increases.
2. An ivory stand with a vertical brass pin, tapped with a screw-thread at the top. Underneath the base is written: "a planet set down any were".
3. A tapped sleeve-piece which screws on no. 2 (above), to which are fixed two wires each carrying an ivory 'planet'.
4. A 'spare' planet which can also slide onto the pin of no. 2 (above) but which may belong to an orrery.
|Provenance:||Lent by Christ Church, Oxford in 1925.|
|Collection Group:||Orrery Collection|