• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 2362

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    29 September 2011, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 126

    A GEORGE III PORTABLE ORRERY

    W. JONES, CIRCA 1787

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III PORTABLE ORRERY
    W. Jones, circa 1787
    A NEW PORTABLE ORRERY Invented and Made by W. Jones and Sold by him in Holborn. LONDON, the hand-coloured engraved paper dial with calendrical and zodiacal scales, giving seasons, solstices and equinoxes, as well as the sizes of the planets and a comet, the tellurian above this on a multi-wheel geared mechanism, with engraved paper dials, ivory earth ball, ivory moon on inclined orbit, brass sunball and oil lamp; in a fitted mahogany case with pull-out box for ungeared orrery attachment, the planets and satellites in ivory, spare brass planet -- with The desctription and use of a new portable orrery... a 1787 publication by William Jones with two folding plates and 4pp. of his catalogue of instruments, in modern half-leather binding.
    8in. (20cm.) diameter


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    The catalogue of 'instruments made and sold by John Jones and Son' lists a 'Wm. Jones's new portable Orrery ... Ditto with a Planetarium ... packed in a neat mahogany box' sold from 2l. 12s. 6d. to £3 13s.'

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