There are few things I definitely, absolutely, burningly desire to own. A proper orrery comes just about top of the list.
Orreries are, of course, mechanical models showing the movements of the planets. A well-crafted orrery is truly a beautiful artefact.
There are very few people still making orreries. John Gleave is ‘probably the last orrery maker in England’. Brian Greig is an American who made the machine illustrated. Into the bargain, he looks thoroughly, erm, orrerofacient.
The Grand Illusions site has plenty of goodies besides orreries, and I’ll be returning there soon. For now, take a look at their Stanhopes and these dice, which are simply doing my head in. Is there a mathematician in the house?