Example A, is the project
illustrated, next photo, Example B,
from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. The
main difference between the two is the different
style of orrery in example B.
Next that example also lacks the gilt dial
surround. While the dial ring is nearly
identical it is of a different style having
Roman numerals, but has identical hands (the
original hour hand was intact, but the minute
hand was half missing and replaced with a
different style hand as an exact replica was
unavailable. However enough of the minute hand
was extant to prove a match to other examples).
The base and decorative plaques are identical
excepting for color. The movement plates, wheel
planting and orrery demonstration drive are
identical. When the photo was taken in 2011, the
arbor of the clock drive to the orrery was
missing. Currently the clock is disassembled and
not on display.
First photo the front movement plate from the
example illustrated and the next photo from the
Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
First photo the rear movement plate
from the example illustrated and the next photo
from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
Example C. This clock has
an identical orrery to the one I have restored,
One can see the drive from the clock to the
orrery is out of alignment with the arbor pivot
visible and pinned under the orrery table. In
this example the orrery table is attached to the
orrery support plate by one center pillar rather
than three around the table radius. After seeing
this example it is quite possible that the Earth
and moon were also stars on my example, it is
clear that the Earth as received was not
original and the Moon as was the Mars star were
missing. I did replace the Moon using a small
pearl with one-half painted black, but decided to
leave the Earth as received.
Example D, attributed to
Example D. The orrery
mechanism is identical to example A.
Example D. While the orrery is
identical to example A, the
maker, possibly Janvier, did dress it up nicely by
substituting the stars for more realistic
examples of the planets and using for the Earth
in what appears to be a sterling or silver plated
sphere with accurate continents and latitude,
Example D. The cast figures
of Atlas are certainly from the same source as
examples A and B.
Example E, first photo. This
clock has the same cast, gilt dial surround as
A. There is no orrery here, but
an Earth globe. The next photo is
example F. It has the same statuary
castings as the prior example E.
The orrery appears to be very similar or
identical to example B, and the
lower time dial is identical to example
A and G. the hands are identical to
that on examples A and B and G.
The movement itself is completely different in
design as it must be to accommodate a subsidiary
Example F. It looks to me
that in addition to restoration and cleaning
there have been some parts replacements. The
planets look to be newer and rarely if ever,
have I seen them drilled all the way through.
Also the armatures appear to be made of curved
copper wire The sun appears to be a turned ball,
while it is usually a polished brass ball with
gilding applied over the surface. In this
example as in example B and C,
the drive arbor from the clock to the orrery has
Example G, first
photo. Although the original photo is a lower
resolution, it appears to have the identical
dial and as example A and F;
the '6' and '9' are of a distinctive style, dial hands
same as as example A, B and F. The
marble base and decorative gilt inserts are also
identical to example A and
example B , excepting the color in
example B. In the next photo,
example H, looks to have the
same or nearly same orrery style as
example B, and
F and G.
The clock movement appears to be very
nearly identical to that of example A
and example B. Of course the
gilt scroll frame holding the glass sphere are
identical between examples G
Example H. Orrery and
sphere close up.