Reference numberMOB/032
TitleOrrery by Benjamin Cole
ArtistCole, Benjamin
DescriptionA brass orrery with two globular fittings depicting Venus and the sun, on a wooden mount. Demonstrates the transit of Venus: when the handle is turned Venus rotates around the sun. Base inscribed 'B. COLE MAKER LONDON'.
Extent1 artefact
FormatScientific Instrument
MaterialsWood, brass, ivory
NotesReturned from Science Museum loan in 2003; SM inventory number '1900-150'
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceExact provenance unknown, possibly the model donated to the Society by Washington Shirley, Fifth Earl Ferrers FRS, at the meeting of 10 December 1761; recorded JBO/25, pp.181-185
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
URLPicture Library [RS.3383]:
Picture Library [RS.3384] :
Fellows associated with this archive
NA933Shirley; Washington (1722 - 1778); 5th Earl Ferrers1722 - 1778
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