Southern Accents
"The Magazine of Fine Southern Interiors and Gardens"
Global Interest
by Susan Stiles Dowell with photos by Susan McWhinney
May-June 2008

George Glazer and the scholar Deborah Jean Warner of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History are the experts quoted in this article on what beginning globe collectors should keep in mind. In addition to tips on what to look for in making a purchase, George explains the appeal of globes: “They have the cachet of collectibles for their intellectual component and beauty.”

The author of the article provides a general review of globe collecting: “American globes lend multifaceted interest to today's interiors.  Ever since Greek geographer Crates of Mallus constructed a sphere in the second century B.C. to represent Earth, globes have given us a way to comprehend geography. Not in two millennia have they lost their capacity to fascinate or, as today’s antiques marketplace suggests, to adorn the home with an air of scholarship.”

Photo of cartouche
Photo of globe

Above: A grouping of globes features an Andrews terrestrial globe with a Gothic-revival cast iron stand, c. 1880 (left), and a Merriam Moore celestial globe on a rococo-revival cast iron stand, c. 1852 (right).  See the celestial globe on our web site

Left: An example of a cartouche is from a 1930s 6-inch terrestrial Weber Costello table globe.

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