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Orrery, Sold by John Jones, London, Late 18th Century

Inventory Number: 29710
Object Type:
Persons: 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  
Accession Number: 1944-1/part
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
Material(s): Wood
paper
brass

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