English celestial globe with Sun and Moon arms, 1747

Made:
1747 in London
maker:
Richard Cushee
Miniature celestial globe, dated 1747. This was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker. Dated 1747, this miniature celestial globe was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker.  On its brass mounting the Dated 1747, this miniature celestial globe was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker.  On its brass mounting the

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Miniature celestial globe, dated 1747. This was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Dated 1747, this miniature celestial globe was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker. On its brass mounting the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Dated 1747, this miniature celestial globe was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker. On its brass mounting the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe 3-inch on brass stand by Richard Cushee, London, 1747.

Dated 1747, this miniature celestial globe was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker. On its brass mounting the globe can be rotated and adjusted with respect to the small Moon and Sun orbs attached by curved arms. The celestial globe is a three-dimensional model of the heavens on which the stars are plotted on the outside of a sphere. Originating in the Ancient World it was probably inspired by the discovery that the Earth was round. The globe could be used to teach and demonstrate various astronomical principles. Until recently most celestial globes were ornate with decorative figures obscuring the stars.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1910-160
Measurements:
globe: 3 in.; 76.2 mm
type:
celestial globe
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
credit:
Mr S.G. Perceval.