Orrery, Sold by John Jones, London, Late 18th Century
|Inventory Number:|| 29710|
|Object Type:|| |
John Jones (Made on behalf of)|
|Date Created:||Late 18th Century|
|Place Created:|| London England United Kingdom Europe
|Subject Classification(s):||Clay Collection By Collection|
|Brief Description:||This instrument demonstrates the relative motions of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth and the Moon. |
A crank handle drives exposed gearing for the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Moon. The Earth is represented by a printed paper globe; the Moon is missing. The orrery has a wooden case.
John Jones was the father of William and Samuel Jones. Orreries of this kind were designed by William following the suggestions of James Ferguson.
|Primary Inscriptions:||'Sold by J. Jones No 135, the corner of Bell & Crown Inn, Holborn, London' on pasted printed slip|
|Provenance:||Purchased from Dr. Reginald S. Clay in 1944.|
|Collection Group:||Clay Collection|