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H1700-2 Orrery (1 of 2), planetary, wood / brass / ivory, W.Harris & Co, England, 1789- c.1805. Click to enlarge.

Planetary orrery by W Harris & Co

Orreries like this were used in the 1700s and early 1800s to show how the earth and other planets moved around the sun. The sun is represented by the brass sphere and the earth by the little coloured globe. The small white balls are the moons revolving around the planets.

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Object Statement

Orrery (1 of 2), planetary, wood / brass / ivory, W.Harris & Co, England, 1789- c.1805

Physical Description

Planetary orrery on wooden base which stands on three legs. The top of the base has a pictorial representation of the sky from the southern limit of the zodiac to the north celestial pole. The orrery itself is of brass with the planets and moons of ivory. The Sun is represented by a brass ball, the Earth by a miniature terrestrial globe. Additional brass gearing enables the Moon to move about the Earth. The planets Mercury to Uranus are represented, Jupiter with four moons, Saturn with seven and Uranus with six (most unusual).


On bar above the Moon movement gearing 'W. HARRIS & CO/50 HOLBORN LONDON', on globe 'McLEON/GLOBE/MERCANTOR/REGENT ST/LONDON'.



215 mm


470 mm


260 mm

Cite this Object


Planetary orrery by W Harris & Co 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 5 March 2021, <https://ma.as/233912>


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