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Antique Rare Mechanical Orrery, Astronomical Instrument by Jan Felkl Praga 1870



Rare orrery, or mechanical model depicting the solar system, from the second half of the 19th century. On the cartouche of the globe we read: Globus Jan Felkla Syn Roztoky Prahy. Bronze patinated cast iron structure, brass gears and terrestrial sphere of papier maché. Measures: 60 x 18 cm, height 47 cm. Very good condition and perfectly working. Jan Felkl (1817-1878) was born in Bohemia and already in 1840 he had designed some globes in 6 different sizes. During the following 20 years he became the biggest maker of globes in market Austro-Hungarian, making terrestrial and celestial globes in 17 different languages, lunar globes and planetaria. Felkl showed his globes at international fairs in 1867 in Paris and in 1873 in Vienna. He established his Geographic and lithographic Institute in Prague for Making globes and maps. In 1870 he moved his factory from Prague to Roztok and his youngest son became his partner in the firm now named Felkl & Son, making globes and selling them all over the Europe and also in the USA. Shipping is insured by Lloyd's London; our gift box is free (look at the last picture).


  • Creator
    Jan Felkl (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18.51 in. (47 cm)Width: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Depth: 7.09 in. (18 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Second Half of the 19th Century
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Milan, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1020224488132

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    $484.60 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 5-7 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Milan, Italy
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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