Mahogany pulley orrery

Made:
1750-1775 in London
maker:
James Ferguson
Wooden pulley Orrery by James Ferguson, London to illustrate the motions of the Moon and Earth around the Sun. 1755-56. Wooden  pulley Orrery  by James Ferguson, London to illustrate the motions of the Moon and Earth around the Sun.

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Wooden pulley Orrery by James Ferguson, London to illustrate the motions of the Moon and Earth around the Sun. 1755-56.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Wooden pulley Orrery by James Ferguson, London to illustrate the motions of the Moon and Earth around the Sun.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wooden pulley orrery made by James Ferguson to illustrate the motions of the Moon and Earth around the Sun.

During the 18th century Isaac Newton's theories of the universe were popularised by astronomical lecturers and instrument-makers such as James Ferguson. Ferguson published accessible, illustrated accounts of Newton’s ideas and produced demonstration model orreries. This orrery is based on Ferguson's 'mechanical paradox' design, with wooden wheels operated by pulleys.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1934-134 Pt2
Materials:
brass, ivory, mahogany and paper
type:
planetaria (models)
credit:
Mr Thomas H. Court