15-Inch Terrestrial Regency Style Floor Globe
G.F. Cruchley, London: c. 1863-1866
Cruchley 15-inch Floor Globe
Cruchley 15-inch Floor Globe Cruchley 15-inch Floor Globe detail
Cruchley 15-inch Floor Globe detail
Cruchley 15-inch Floor Globe detail Cruchley 15-inch Floor Globe detail
G.F. Cruchley (1797-1880)
15-Inch Terrestrial Floor Globe
G.F. Cruchley, London: c. 1863-1866
Mahogany tripod stand
39 inches high; 20.5 inches diameter horizon band
$43,000

The terrestrial globe within brass hour discs at each pole, in calibrated full brass meridian, the horizon with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, raised on a richly carved tripod mahogany stand, the horizon supported by four mahogany quadrants joined with pairs of quarter-round roundel brackets, the central baluster standard carved with acanthus, the downswept hipped legs with acanthus carving, each leg decorated at the hip with pairs of roundels. The legs are joined by compass stretcher with glazed round wooden compass case enclosing a paper compass card and magnetized metal needle, ending in scrolled feet each decorated with pairs of roundels, on ceramic casters. The highly decorative stand is a mid-19th-century robust revival of those in the Regency taste popular in London during the 1820s.

The globe is in tones of cream and olive with some outlining of geographical entities in red, green and olive. Mountain ranges are shaded. In the United States, state boundaries are not delineated and with the exception of Florida, cities and rivers, but not states, are labeled East of the Mississippi. West of the United States, present day Oklahoma is labeled "Indian T'y," and the area between the Rocky Mountains and Minnesota is labeled "Blackfoot Ind." and "Dacota." The location of New Mexico Territory north of Arizona Territory reflects their boundaries between 1863 and 1866. Other labeled territories include Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Utah, but not Wyoming, which was formed in 1868. This geography further supports a date of manufacture between 1863 and 1866.

George Frederick Cruchley was a map and globe engraver and publisher in London. He succeeded the renowned Cary family of globemakers. Read more about Cruchley in our Guide to Globe Makers.

Cartouche:  CRUCHLEY'S/ NEW/ TERRESTRIAL GLOBE/ From the most recent Authorities,/ EXHIBITING THE DISCOVERIES AND EQUATORIAL/ AFRICA, NORTH POLE,/ AND the new SETTLEMENTS & Divisions of/ AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND,/ CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, &c./ LONDON/ C.F. CRUCHLEY, MAP-SELLER, GLOBE MAKER & PUBLISHER/ 81, FLEET STREET/         

Compass Signed:  J. & W. CARY/ STRAND LONDON                 

Condition:  Generally very good with the usual expected light scattered surface wear, staining, soiling, fading, toning, and abrasions, all restored.  Greatest wear at equator, resulting in minor losses in South America at equatorial region.  Overall has a nice rich tone, very readable.  Stand generally very good with minor restorations.          

References:          

Dekker, Elly and Peter van der Krogt.Globes from the Western World.  London: Zwemmer, 1993.         

Fordham, Sir Herbert George. John Cary, Engraver, Map, Chart and Print-Seller and Globe-Maker. Cambridge University Press, 1925. Reprinted Kent, England: Wm. Dawsons & Sons, 1976.         

Lamb, Tom and Jeremy P. Collins, eds. The World In Your Hands. London: Christie's, 1994.