Saturday, March 24, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg Greenwich Armillary Sphere

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg Greenwich Armillary Sphere
by Colonial Williamsburg

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During the 18th century, a time of tremendous scientific interest, Britain and the colonies were fascinated with all kinds of tools and machines. The once-utilitarian armillary, a device designed to teach spherical astronomy, became more decorative by the end of the century. This one, which also functions as a sundial, is reminiscent of formal European examples found in Colonial Williamsburg's antiques collection. Virginia scholars such as George Wythe kept scientific instruments, possibly including armillaries, in their study

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