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Globe, American, Andrews, CF Weber, Terrestrial, 12-Inch Table Globe, Nickel-plated Tripod Stand, Antique, Chicago, c. 1890-1907 (Reserved)

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C.F. Weber & Co.
Andrew’s 12-Inch Floor Globe
Chicago: c. 1890-1907
Nickel-plated brass tripod stand
34.75 inches high

The terrestrial globe in full nickel-plated brass  meridian typical of Andrews globes: the outer calibrated ring of the meridian rotates 360 degrees within an inner perpendicular ring. In addition two unusual adjustable quarter-circular calibrated guides are attached to the meridian , as issued. At the North and South Poles are metal hour disks numbered 1 to 12 twice. The 12-sided horizon band has engraved paper calendar decorated with 12 illustrations of zodiac figures, one per side. It is mounted on a nickel-plated brass tripod stand, the ring-decorated tubular central standard on three splayed legs each headed by a finial, and each retractable by a hinge where joined to the stand. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has an Andrews orrery mounted on a similar stand (see References below). The globe was produced by C.F. Weber & Co., successors to A.H. Andrews & Co. of Chicago; it is based on the design of earlier Andrews globes, including the stand.

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Oceans are blue (faded to green), continents are outlined with a thin blue line; countries and U.S. states are shaded yellow, green, and tan. Mountain ranges are shaded with hatch marks. Blue and red isothermal lines show temperatures for January and July respectively, according to a key below the cartouche. White lines with directional arrows indicate ocean currents. There is a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific Ocean. In the United States, the northwest corner of Wyoming is labeled “National Park” referring to Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park established in 1872. The geography of Oklahoma with the Eastern portion labeled Indian Territory (“Ind’n Terr’ty”) indicates a date between 1890 and 1907. In China, the Great Wall is shown. Antarctica is largely unmapped except for small sections of coastline, reflecting geographic knowledge at the time.

A.H. Andrews, a clerk for the major east coast Holbrook family of globe makers, traveled to Chicago to begin his own globe business in the early 1860s. A.H. Andrews & Co. was succeeded by C.F. Weber & Co. at the turn of the century, and then by Weber Costello Company about 1907. Read more about Andrews and Weber Costello in our Guide to Globe Makers.

Circular cartouche overlabel with scalloped edge: ANDREW’S/ 12 INCH/ GLOBE/ C.F. WEBER & CO.,/ Successors to/ A.H. ANDREWS & CO./ CHICAGO

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally restored and revarnished, with the usual remaining expected light toning, wear and restorations to minor scattered cracks and abrasions. Wooden horizon band with restorations to warping; horizon paper replaced in facsimile. Stand generally very good with the usual wear.


“Orrery.” Smithsonian National Museum of American History. (29 July 2021).

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