Tellurium by Bertaux

An elegant and unusual French Tellurium.

The 3-inch diameter terrestrial globe signed: E. Bertaux, Paris, Rue Serpente, made up of two sets of twelve coloured printed gores and two polar colottes.

Mounted with a rotating arm and white painted wooden moonball atop the engraved brass meridian half circle. The gears arranged to rotate the earth and the moon on a long brass arm, as well as the blued iron hand which indicate a small printed paper hour dial. The other end of the arm rotating on an axis with candle holder and reflector, above an oval enamel plaque showing the days of the month in French, degrees, the seasons of the year with equinoxes and solstices marked, the houses of the Zodiac and compass directions.

Mounted on a walnut wooden cabinet standing on elegant formed feet. The upper surface further with a glazed brass compass case with silvered dial, blued steel needle with jewelled cap and clamp, and a fruitwood and brass turning handle.

The tellurium is in good working condition. A simular instrument is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum.


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