Tuttell’s celestial globe


This celestial globe by Thomas Tuttell (c. 1674–1702) is identical to a celestial globe made by Joseph Moxon in 1653, except that this one has an additional constellation in the northern hemisphere, Cor Caroli (Heart of Charles), which refers to King Charles I. The constellation was named by Sir Charles Scarborough to commemorate the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and it was first published on a star map by Francis Lamb in 1673.

Tuttell is known to have worked with James Moxon, son of Joseph Moxon, on a book entitled Mathematicks made Easie around 1700, and this connection makes it likely that he would have been able to acquire globes by Moxon. It was not uncommon for globe- and instrument-sellers to paste their own labels onto instruments made by other people. Removing the label might reveal Joseph Moxon as the maker.

Tuttell was a highly regarded instrument-maker and was appointed hydrographer (responsible for sea charts) and mathematical instrument-maker to the king, William III. At his workshop at the sign of the King’s Arms and Globe at Charing Cross, he sold a variety of instruments, including globes.

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[Celestial globe] [by] Tho[mas] Tuttell ... Hydrographer & Mathematical Instrument mak[e]r to the Kings most Excellent Majesty
Thomas Tuttell
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