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Globe, American, Franklin, HB Nims, Terrestrial World, 12-Inch Table Globe, Nickel Plated Pedestal Stand, Antique, Troy, New York, 1890s (Reserved)

H.B. Nims & Co.
12-Inch Terrestrial Table Globe
Troy, New York: c. 1890
Nickel-plated iron stand
21 inches high; 9.25 inch diameter base

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The terrestrial globe is surmounted by a domed brass pyramidal finial, canted at an angle on an iron inclination rod, raised on a nickel-plated iron stand with tubular central standard, which is on a round domed base decorated in the neoclassical taste with leaves, flowers, Greek-key border and flutes.

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Oceans and countries are cream-colored, land masses have partial blue outline and shading. Oklahoma is shown in its entirety as Indian Territory. North and South Dakota are divided. The Submarine Telegraph Cable and Submarine Telegraph Cable (French) are shown in Atlantic Ocean. Paths of explorers are indicated including Vancouver, Cook and [de la] Perouse. The outline of the Antarctic Continent is shown with Weddell’s exploration in that region noted. A figure-eight analemma is called “Table of Equation.” There are printed hour circles at the poles.

Franklin globes were produced throughout the second half of the 19th century in Troy, New York — with Franklin Field of Troy, New York as globe maker — by a succession of companies under their own names: Merriam & Moore (1851-1852), Merriam Moore & Co. (1852-1858), Moore & Nims (1858-1868), H.B. Nims & Co. (1869-1885), Nims & Knight (1886-1889/92), and again H.B. Nims & Co. (1890/92-1896). The globes were variously available in the six, ten, twelve, sixteen, and thirty-inch diameters, with a variety of bases, generally in cast iron or wood and often reflecting the prevailing Victorian decorative arts style of the period. Models were made for both school and home parlor or library use. Collectively Franklin with its successors was one of the leading American globe makers of the 19th century in terms of quality, number and diversity of globes, and longevity of production.

Circular Cartouche: THE FRANKLIN/ TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ 12 INCHES IN DIAMETER CONTAINING ALL THE/ Geographical Divisions/ & POLITICAL BOUNDARIES/ to the present date/ Carefully Compiled for the best Authorities/ H.B. NIMS & CO./ TROY N.Y./ Rae Smith Engraver/ N.Y. (“H.B. NIMS & CO.” appearing as rectangular over-label)


Catalogue of School, Family and Library Globes, Dictionary, Holders, Library and Stationery Specialties. Troy, New York: H.B. Nims & Company, 1895-96, p. 3.

Dekker, Elly and van der Krogt, Peter. Globes from the Western World. London: Zwemmer, 1993. p. 135-36, 140.

Glover, Bill. “History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy Cable Timeline: 1845-1900.” Atlantic Cable. 5 November 2005. (7 October 2019).

Warner, Deborah Jean. “The Geography of Heaven and Earth.” Rittenhouse Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise, 1987. Vol. 2, Nos. 2 & 3, pp. 63-64, 88-89.

Yonge, Ena L. A Catalogue of Early Globes, Library Series No. 6. American Geographical Society,1968. p. 53

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Nickel-plated iron