The terrestrial globe is surmounted by a metal hour ring within a calibrated full metal meridian rotating in a meridian fork, the circular horizon band with paper calendar and zodiac, raised on a turned mahogany stand with central baluster standard on a molded incurved quadripartite plinth, ending in flattened bun feet. Geographic entities are in shades of yellow, green, orange and tan with darker outlines. Oceans are greenish blue and ocean currents are indicated by light yellow wavy lines.
This globe shows present-day St. Petersburg, Russia, as "Leningrad;" therefore, it was made after 1924. Further, it shows Constantinople rather than Istanbul, indicating a date of manufacture before 1930. In addition, it shows Central Australia as a separate territory, limiting its period from 1927 to 1931.
The stand was provided by Kittinger Company, one of the leading American furniture makers of the 20th Century. As such, the stand is of an unusually high quality for a table globe of this period and probably was intended for home use. Kittinger sold and marketed the globe as a whole, with their overlabel on the cartouche. The globe incorporates globe gores by the famous and prolific British globe maker, W. & A.K. Johnston. For more information about the manufacturers, see our Guide to Globe Makers entries on W. & A.K. Johnston and Kittinger.
Circular Overlabel: 8 INCH [above label]/ TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ Kittinger Company/ INCORPORATED/ Manufacturers/ 1893 Elmwood Ave., BUFFALO, N.Y./
Additional Legend Below Cartouche:
International Date Line
[Description of latitude/longitude]
PRINTED IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Metal label under base: Kittinger/Distinctive/Furniture/Buffalo/1896/ KITTINGER/ Distinctive Furniture
Condition: Globe and horizon generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear and soiling. A few minor scratches and abrasions professionally restored. Wood with the usual overall light wear and use.