It is known in the trade as an orrery - named after the 4th Earl of Orrery, Robert Boyle who was a patron of science in the early 18th century and commissioned the making of such a model of the solar system. He had no interest in cricket or the science of field placing.
The model in the National Museums of Scotland is much more recent and was made in Munich in 1913. Had FB's first thought been correct and it did represent field placings, it might have been drawn from the events in Scotland's 2 match tour of England in 1913 when they played Oxford University and Surrey. The match against Surrey was lost by 7 wickets. Scotland gained a reasonable first innings lead but in so doing angered Jack Hobbs by getting him out for 11 - he scored 150* in second innings. They also lost against Oxford University by 34 runs. The umpires in the match had the fantastic names of Mr Daft and Mr Quelch.
In Armagh there is a human orrery where the positions of the planets are marked out by discs placed apart at intervals to represent 16 days in their orbits. Now, this is like a set of fielding discs on the field of play and makes FB think that his original idea about orreries might not have been so far off the mark.
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