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    Sale 2129

    Maritime Decorative Arts

    15 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 67

    A fine early 20th-Century American planetarium


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    A fine early 20th-Century American planetarium
    A. LAING, Detroit, Michigan; circa 1910
    with manufacturer's plaque for LAING'S PLANETARIUM/-Patented-/Laing Planetarium Co./Detroit, Mich, U.S.A., the 3-inch diameter terrestrial globe made up of twelve chromolithogrpahed paper gores, with a cartouche for Laing Planetarium Co., the equatorial and anti-meridian graduated in degrees, the ecliptic graduated in days, the countries shaded in various colors, mounted on a complex pulley system with a white and black painted wooden moonball, connected via the planetarium arm to the 4-inch diamter gilt-painted wooden sunball, with black painted wooden ball for Venus, the whole operating via nine pairs of wooden pulleys and three pairs of rollers used to incline the axes of the moon and Venus.
    12 x 19 in. (30.5 x 48.3 cm.) height x maximum width.

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