Tellurium or Cosmographe Patented by Garassul, Paris.

Tellurium or Cosmographe Patented by Garassul, Paris.

Stock Number: 350508 A



40 ch high


Circa 1860-1870

Country of manufacture


Categories: Scientific, Globes & Orreries


Cosmographe or tellurium patented by Garassul – Paris and made by H & Cie. A hand-operated French tellurian, 3rd Quarter 19th Century with no gears, probably a handmade device, not manufactured or mass-produced. Its unique features, which do not appear on any manufactured tellurian we know of, include rods that emanate from the earth and incised lines on the sun. The wire rods from the earth probably indicate the 23.5-degree tilt of the earth on its axis. The incised lines and rods in the sun apparently indicate the celestial circles and the zodiac.
Having a two-inch terrestrial globe with four inset rods emanating from it at 90-degree intervals, surrounded by a wire armature holding a brass sphere representing the moon, which can be revolved by hand around the globe. Both are suspended at the end of a curved brass arm turning by hand at the other with mahogany handle. The brass sphere next to the handle represents the sun and has incised lines and various inset rods. Apparatus supported by a tubular brass central standard on domed mahogany base. The terrestrial globe has printed gores with place names in French, apparently not signed. The curved brass arm has an inscription: Cosmographe Garassul – Breveté S.G.D.G. – H&Cie – Paris

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.