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Lot 44: Empire Brass Copernican Armillary Sphere

Louisiana Purchase Auction - Day 1 of 3

by Neal Auction Company

December 2, 2016

New Orleans, LA, USA

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  • Empire Brass Copernican Armillary Sphere
  • Empire Brass Copernican Armillary Sphere
  • Empire Brass Copernican Armillary Sphere
  • Empire Brass Copernican Armillary Sphere
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Description: Empire Brass Copernican Armillary Sphere, early 19th c., bands engraved in French, showing the signs of the Zodiac, solstice and equinox, the orrery showing the planets, the geared mechanism presenting the orbits of the earth and moon, raised on an ebonized wood base, h. 19 3/4 in., dia. 12 in Exh.: Louisiana State Museum, continuously exhibited as "Model of Solar System from College of Orleans, 1812" according to Third Biennial Report of the Board of Curators of the Louisiana State Museum, 1910, p. 36. Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1910-2016).

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