A rare Matthew Berge brass combined planetarium, lunarium and tellarium,  English, circa 1800,

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A rare Matthew Berge brass combined planetarium, lunarium and tellarium,
English, circa 1800,

Sold for £ 62,500 (US$ 80,480) inc. premium
A rare Matthew Berge brass combined planetarium, lunarium and tellarium, English, circa 1800,
Signed Berge London late Ramsden, the geared mechanism contained in brass drum case with silvered brass top engraved with calendar and zodiac scales and compass point star, the ivory planets portrayed are Mercury, Venus, Earth with Moon, Mars, Jupiter with four moons, Saturn with ring and eight moons and Uranus with two moons, centred by brass model of the Sun (some planets replaced) winding handle at the side and raised on tapering column and folding tripod base, 19in (48cm) high; together with a tellurium attachment with 2 1/2-inch diameter terrestrial globe with cartouche printed A Correct GLOBE with the new Discoveries mounted above geared mechanism showing the the movement of the Earth around the sun with corresponding day and night indicated on hour scale with pointer, on mahogany stand; and a lunarium attachment demonstrating the motion of the earth and moon around the sun, on mahogany stand.

Footnotes

  • Jesse Ramsden was one of the greatest scientific instrument makers of the eighteenth century and his workshop was the largest in London. He invented the first accurate dividing engine and devised and improved many instruments. When he died in 1800 he left his workshop and his dividing engine to his foreman Matthew Berge in his will. The instruments under construction in the workshop at his death were all signed "Berge late Ramsden" so this instrument must have been completed shortly after 1800. Subsequently all instruments made in the workshop were signed simply "Berge London".

    Matthew Berge worked from 199 Piccadilly from the death of Jesse Ramsden in 1800 until 1817.

    Literature: Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800) London's Leading Scientific Instrument Maker, Anita McConnell.
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A rare Matthew Berge brass combined planetarium, lunarium and tellarium,  English, circa 1800,
A rare Matthew Berge brass combined planetarium, lunarium and tellarium,  English, circa 1800,
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