English terrestrial globe with Moon arm, 1731-1747

Made:
1731-1747 in London
maker:
Richard Cushee

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Dated to the mid-eighteenth century, this miniature celestial globe was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker.
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Dated to the mid-eighteenth century, this miniature celestial globe was made by Richard Cushee, a London globe maker.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Terrestial globe 3 by Richard Cushee, London, 1731-1747'
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Terrestial globe 3" by Richard Cushee, London, 1731-1747

Dated to the mid-eighteenth century, 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:
1910-161
Materials:
globe, paper, card, ivory, stand, brass, silver
Measurements:
globe: 3 in.; 76.2 mm
type:
terrestrial globe
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
credit:
Mr S.G. Perceval.

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