12-inch Terrestrial Table Globe on Art Nouveau Stand
Weber Costello, Chicago Heights: c. 1930-31
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Weber Costello Co. /G.W. Bacon & Co., Ltd.
12-inch Terrestrial Table Globe
Chicago Heights, Illinois: c. 1930-31
Art nouveau cast iron bronzed stand
20.75 x 14.5 inches, overall, including meridian
9.5 inches diameter, base
$1,400

The terrestrial globe is mounted within a calibrated full meridian that can be rotated within a meridian fork. It is raised on a cast-iron Art Nouveau stand with bronzed finish. The foliate decorated, round central standard is on a quadripartite rounded domed base with a raised foliate and curvilinear pierced design. The globe has a metal hour disc at the North Pole.

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 shades of cream and ochre, some with a thicker outline in light green. A reference key indicates railways, steamship routes and the International Date Line. Warm and cold ocean currents are indicated by cream-colored arrows. There is a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific Ocean. In Antarctica the Ross Ice Shelf is indicated and beside the South Pole is noted "Scott, 18 Jan. 1912."

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. These geographical notations suggest that the gores were printed in England in about 1930-31.

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

Weber Costello diamond cipher above cartouche: TIME TESTED/W.C./ SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Circular cartouche:  12-INCH GLOBE/ MADE BY/ WEBER/ COSTELLO CO./ CHICAGO HEIGHTS/ ILLINOIS

First rectangular table below cartouche:  Natural Scale=1:42,000,000 or 670 Miles to one inch/ Principal Railways/ Steamship routes/ International Date Line/ Warm Currents Cold Currents/ COPYRIGHT G.W. BACON & Co. Ltd. LONDON/ PRINTED IN ENGLAND

A second rectangular table below the cartouche provides a key to various scales in English miles, such as the length of a degree of longitude along each latitude circle.

The Weber Costello diamond-shaped cipher also appears on the meridian above one of the 85-degree marks.

Condition: Globe generally very good, unusually bright and clean, still with the usual overall light toning, fading, wear, areas of discoloration, irregularities to varnish.  Some minor abrasions restored.  Stand very good, retaining much of the original bronzed finish, with the usual oxidation and wear.