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Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Collection Astronomical and navigational instruments
User collections Longitude punk'd by hfinch-boyer
Gallery locationNot on display
Publication(s)Globes at Greenwich

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Object ID AST1055
Description The base is marked AST1055.1; the handle - AST1055.2 Complete fittings for planetarium, Tellurium and lunarium. Base: circular base standing on brass column and three legs. The top face is engraved with scales and the maker's signature. There are gears inside the base which were used to move the Tellurium and the lunarium, by turning the ivory tipped handle on the side of the base. The terrestrial globe is covered with a paper map, and is surrounded by a silver ringscale showing latitude, and by an 180 degree scale showing longitude. Gears show the annual movement of the earth. The lunarium has an ivory earth and Moon, with gears to move the moon around the Earth. The planetarium stands on a brass column attached to the base. The planets, in ivory, are mercury, Venus, Earth and Moon, Jupiter (and 4 satellites) , Saturn (with ring and 7 satellites) and Uranus (with brackets for 6 satellites)The brass Sun is alos used with the tellurium and the lunarium. Inscription engraved on surface of base.
Date made 1792-1800

Artist/Maker W. & S. Jones
Anonymous (after Moll)
Place made London, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Materials copper plate; hand-coloured; ivory; paper; papier mache; silver; varnish; brass
Measurements Diameter of sphere: 70 mm;Overall: 495 x 392 x 308 mm
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