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Globe and Accessories, c. 1700?

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Inventory Number: 22409
Object Type:
Accession Number: 1925-43
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.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Lent by Christ Church, Oxford in 1925.
Collection Group: Orrery Collection
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
35 mm

Narratives

Image with multimedia irn 21970

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