Parkes and Hadley Patent Brass Orrey
Parkes and Hadley patent brass table orrery. This decorative mechanical apparatus exhibits the relative motions and positions of the members of the solar system. Named after the fourth Earl of Orrery, Charles Boyle, 1676-1731, an English statesman for whom an early copy of the machine was made. This patented example with a George Philip and Son three inch globe and moon orbit armature. The brass calendar ring marked with the seasons, months, and compass points. Inscribed 'PARKES AND HADLEY' with a central sun reflector, all raised on a brass pedestal base.
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