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A SPECTACULAR THOMAS, HARRIS & SON BRASS PLANETARIUM WITH TELLURIUM AND LUNARIUM ATTACHMENTS, LONDON, CA 1800
SIGNED "THO[MA]S HARRIS, & SON. OPPOSITE THE BRITISH MUSEUM. LONDON" ON THE BRASS DRUM. 
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UNDERSTANDING THE HEAVENS: PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION

A SPECTACULAR THOMAS, HARRIS & SON BRASS PLANETARIUM WITH TELLURIUM AND LUNARIUM ATTACHMENTS, LONDON, CA 1800
SIGNED "THO[MA]S HARRIS, & SON. OPPOSITE THE BRITISH MUSEUM. LONDON" ON THE BRASS DRUM. 
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A SPECTACULAR THOMAS, HARRIS & SON BRASS PLANETARIUM WITH TELLURIUM AND LUNARIUM ATTACHMENTS, LONDON, CA 1800
SIGNED "THO[MA]S HARRIS, & SON. OPPOSITE THE BRITISH MUSEUM. LONDON" ON THE BRASS DRUM. 
8 inch diameter brass drum supported on tapered pillar with folding splayed legs, outer edge of drum engraved with calendar scale, surrounding zodiacal calendar, central column mounted by gilt brass sun, and surrounded by nine rings, 1 for each planet, and each mounted with ivory and blackened ivory spheres for the planets; engraved and geared lunarium with ivory and black sphere for the moon (Earth sphere replaced), with 4 engraved rotating rings showing the Lunar Apogee and Perigee, the days of the month, the signs of the zodiac, and the phases of the moon, pointer wanting; engraved and geared tellurium mounted with 2 1/2 inch diameter terrestrial globe with hand-painted engraved gores, signed within cartouche "A New Terrestrial Globe by J. Newton, 1800," globe with engraved meridian and equinoctial arc. Original fitted mahogany accessory tray with 10 brass arms for the planets, plus 1 arm to demonstrate the retrograde of Venus, the Earth arm with attached moon, and the Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus arms with multiple attached moons, Saturn (ring replaced). Housed in locking mahogany box with brass handles. 
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Sotheby's Olympia, October 2002, lot 132 (cover lot)

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A MAGNIFICENT PLANETARIUM, COMPLETE WITH LUNARIUM AND TELLURIUM ATTACHMENTS. Thomas Harris & Son was one of the most prestigious London firms to produce globes, mathematical instruments, planetaria, telescopes, and other fine instruments in the early half of the 19th century. This Planetarium is an example of the some of their finest work.

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