A 16-inch Terrestrial floor globe  late 19th century 44 in. (111.7 cm.) overall height.

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Lot 2398W
A 16-inch Terrestrial floor globe
Gilman Joslin; Boston, late 19th century
44 in. (111.7 cm.) overall height.

Sold for US$ 16,250 inc. premium

The Gentleman's Library

16 Nov 2011, 10:00 EST

New York

Property of various owners
A 16-inch Terrestrial floor globe
Gilman Joslin; Boston, late 19th century
[Signed], on the horizon IMPROVED GLOBE BOSTON. MANUFACTURED BY GILMAN JOSLIN/ CORRECTED TO DATE., made up of two sets of twelve hand-coloured lithographed half-gores, with graduated equatorial, ecliptic, equinoctial colure and Greenwich meridian, the oceans with an analemma, the continents with nation states delicately shaded in green, pink and yellow and well-detailed with towns, cities, rivers, mountains in pictorial relief, deserts, North Dakota and South Dakota are divided, Oklahoma is still shown named with various Indian tribes, indicating manufacture in the 1890s, within calibrated nickel-plated hour circles at north and south poles, with stamped brass hour dial and meridian, within a calibrated full nickel-plated meridian, the horizon band with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, supported by three circular iron quadrants, the quadrants rotating as a unit in circular iron socket supported by three circular turned ebonized legs, each leg with brass cylindrical cap at the top screwing into the stand, and having various ring turnings and gilt line decorations at top and bottom, as well as green stylized leaf form painted decoration at the top and bottom, ending in turned round feet.
44 in. (111.7 cm.) overall height.

Footnotes

  • This globe was originally designed by Charles Copley (fl. 1843-69), a map and globe publisher and engraver working in Brooklyn, New York. He is well known for his sea charts, published by Charles Copley and Sons in the mid 19th century. Copley globes were sold by E. & G.W. Blunt. In 1852, Copley copyrighted a pair of 16-inch terrestrial and celestial globes and received a gold medal for them at the Fair of the American Institute in New York in the same year. In 1858, Copley (also with Blunt as seller) reissued the globe, corrected to that date, but also bearing the original 1852 copyright date.

    In the last quarter of the 19th century, Copley's globes were revised and reissued by the prominent American globe makers Gilman Joslin, and the Franklin group of globe makers. Joslin issued its 16-inch terrestrial and celestial globes on a variety of stands including this ebonized aesthetic movement ebonized floor stand, a unique American production. Joslin also offered the 16-inch globe on a low rococo iron table stand, an elaborate rococo cast iron floor stand, and on a spun brass floor stand with lion mask decorations.

    On Copley, Joslin, and Franklin globes 16-inch globes, there is no maker's cartouche information printed on the globe, rather it is printed in various segments on the horizon band.
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