Orrery Mechanical Planetarium by Van Cort Instruments
Our delightful orrery by Van Cort Instruments is an exceptional reproduction of a mid-nineteenth century design in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, depicting the sun in a brass sphere and seven planets (Mercury through Neptune) that revolve smoothly with the turn of the handle. According to Erik Van Cort, it is one of less than fifteen such examples he produced in the early 1980s.
It measures 16.75 inches tall and 20.5 inches at its widest. In very good condition. This is the only handle-crank orrery by Van Cort that we have seen come to market in our 19 years in business.
Van Cort Instruments was founded in 1979 in Northhampton Massachusetts by Erik and Kate Van Cort. They specialized in repairing antique telescopes and other scientific instruments, but also designed and hand-crafted exceptional new devices and reproductions of 18th and 19th century models, including telescopes and kaleidoscopes among others types. They produced one-of-a-kind items and limited editions. Their customers included hundreds of museums and museum stores across the world