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A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)

A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)

A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)   A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)
OFFERED UP FOR SALE HERE IS A VERY RARE. FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE DATING FROM CIRCA 1790. DIAMETER OF HORIZON RING 13 INCHES (33cm). THIS ABSOLUTELY CHARMING EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ARMILLARY SPHERE IS MADE UP OF TWO INTER-LOCKING WOODEN RINGS, EACH COVERED IN PRINTED PAPER- ONE SHOWING THE "COLOURE DES SOLSTICES" AND THE OTHER SHOWING THE "ETOILES FIXES". THE HORIZONTAL CIRCLE, WHICH IS MADE OF A THICK BOARD IS ALSO COVERED IN PRINTED PAPER AND SHOWS THE "CERCLE DE L'ECLIPTIQUE". INSIDE THE PRIMARY SPHERE IS A PLANETARY SYSTEM CONSISTING OF SIX WOODEN (OR POSSIBLY BOARD) RINGS, EACH COVERED IN PRINTED PAPER REPRESENTING THE VARIOUS PLANETS WITH THE SUN IN THE CENTER SHOWN AS A GILDED SPHERE AND THE THIRD RING OUT SHOWING THE "ORBE DE LA TERRE" WITH A GAP IN THE CIRCLE TO ALLOW A SMALL 1.5 INCH DIAMETER (4cm) GLOBE OF THE EARTH (FRENCH) TO PASS. THERE ARE TWO WOODEN SPINDLES ONE UNDER THE EARTH AND ONE ON THE CENTRAL AXIS WHICH WOULD HAVE HAD AN ELASTIC BAND RUNNING BETWEEN THEM WHICH WOULD ROTATE THE GLOBE OF THE EARTH AS IT ENCIRCLES THE SUN. ALL OF THE PLANETARY RINGS ARE EDGED IN RED PAINT AND CAN ROTATE FREELY AROUND THE SUN. THE SPHERES ARE ALL MOUNTED ONTO A TURNED EBONIZED WOODEN STAND. THIS CHARMING ARMILLARY SPHERE IS IN GOOD ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH A MINOR REPAIR TO THE GILDED SUN AND SOME LOSSES TO THE PAPER GORES ON THE GLOBE OF THE EARTH.

THERE ARE SOME OLD WOODWORM HOLES TO THE BASE. I ALSO HAVE A MATCHING CELESTIAL GLOBE BY THE SAME MAKER WHICH IS ALSO OFFERED UP FOR SALE AT NOW, IN A SEPARATE LISTING - ITEM NUMBER. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE ANTIQUE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS I HAVE OWNED AND WOULD MAKE THE MOST FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS PRESENT IMAGINABLE! HAPPY TO HELP WITH ANY SPECIAL PACKING / PAPERWORK REQUESTS. The item "A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)" is in sale since Sunday, December 16, 2018.

This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\World & Celestial Globes". The seller is "artichoke000" and is located in Cornwall. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Format: Globe
  • Antique/ Modern: Antique
  • Diameter (Inches): 13in.

  • Type: Armillary
  • Cartographer/Publisher: ANONYMOUS
  • Year: CIRCA 1790
  • Date Range: 1700-1799
  • Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
  • Era: 1700s


A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)   A VERY RARE LATE 18TH CENTURY ANONYMOUS FRENCH ARMILLARY SPHERE 21 TALL (53cm)