18-Inch Sheraton Terrestrial Floor Globe
Weber Costello, c. 1930-1940
18-Inch Sheraton Style Floor Globe
18-Inch Sheraton Style Floor Globe detail
18-Inch Sheraton Style Floor Globe detail 18-Inch Sheraton Style Floor Globe cartouche 18-Inch Sheraton Style Floor Globe detail

Details above from left: Manchukuo stamp in Manchuria, cartouche and reference tables, Istanbul/Constantinople.

Weber Costello Co.
18-Inch Terrestrial Floor Globe
Chicago Heights, Illinois: c. 1930-31 [later issued c. 1931-40]
Sheraton wooden stand
40 inches high; 24 inches diameter overall including horizon
Price On Request

A handsome full-sized floor globe on a traditional Sheraton style stand.  The terrestrial globe is surmounted by a tin hour circle, in full cast iron meridian with raised numerals and encircled by an undecorated horizon band.  It is raised on a mahogany stand with full frieze, having four curved quadrants ending in a terminal turned finial that support the meridian. The four circular turned legs are joined by a medial quadripartite incurved stretcher, ending in baluster turned feet.

The gores (maps on the globe’s surface) were printed by the London firm of G.W. Bacon, imported and manufactured into the globe by the American school supply firm Weber Costello.  Oceans are green (blue which has yellowed over time), geographic entities are various cream, pink and green tones with heavier yellow or green outlines.  A reference key indicates railways, ocean currents and the International Date Line.  There is a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific Ocean. 

Leningrad is shown, which dates this globe to after 1924, and Istanbul is shown with Constantinople in parentheses, indicating a date of 1930 or soon after, when the name change occurred.  In addition, it shows Central Australia as a separate territory, limiting its period from approximately 1927 to 1931.  However, Manchuria has been stamped "Manchukuo," as it was known after the Japanese invaded the area and established a puppet state in 1932.  The stamp appears to have been added after the globe gores were printed.  These geographical notations suggest that the gores were printed in England in about 1930-31, and subsequently issued without reprinting with the additional Manchukuo stamp in the next few years.

The stand is American but in the Georgian English taste, typical of the 1930s.  It is referred to as Sheraton style after the London cabinetmaker Thomas Sheraton, who published a book of furniture designs in the late 18th century.  Although Weber Costello was primarily a school supply company, this stand was probably intended for home use and made by a high-end furniture maker to fit the Weber Costello globe.

Read more about Weber Costello in our Guide to Globe Makers.

Weber Costello Diamond Cipher [above overlabel]: TIME TESTED/W.C./ SCHOOL SUPPLIES


Reference Table [below cartouche]:

Natural Scale - 1:28,500,000 or 450 Miles to one inch
Railways shown thus
Steamship Routes
International Date Line
Warm Currents Cold Currents

[There are two additional reference boxes below table -- one regarding latitude and longitude, the other regarding curvature of earth’s surface.]

Condition: Globe and horizon generally very good, unusually bright and clean, still with the usual overall light toning, fading, wear, soiling, scratches, areas of discoloration, irregularities to varnish.  Some minor abrasions restored.  No paper calendar on horizon ring, as issued. Stand very good with the usual overall light wear and shrinkage.