Beautiful 19th Century Planetarium (Orrery)
By Felkl for Italian market
This Planetarium (Orrery) even if not signed was made by the 19th century European globes maker “Jan Felkl” it was made for Italian market ,it could be made around c.1890
Felkl was one of the major makers of this instruments and globes .
He made its globes in 17 different languages and sold them all over the world.
Here an astronomical demonstration device, to show the earth and planets revolve around the sun, and to demonstrate various principles of astronomy such as seasons and eclipses.
Having a 9cm terrestrial globe turning at the end of a cast-iron arm, with a small ball representation of the moon revolving around the earth and three arms with balls representing Mars, Mercury and Venus.
A candle to represent the sun light, above a round disc with engraved paper calendar and zodiac.
All on a cast bronzed iron base with six legs , with a gear mechanism operated by a crank.
Total length ( from crank to terrestrial globe) 65cm,
High 50 cm.
In good and working condition.
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Eppursimuove is located in the northwest of Italy. I deal with antique scientific instruments and their history. This passion has turned into a profession that leads me every day in search of ancient instruments that helped us to observe, measure, explore and know the sky and the earth. They still amaze and make us wonder, as they did for their original makers and users. For this reason they must be preserved and collected. Please feel free contact me if you need more information on listed items. Thanks.