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Globe, American, Franklin, Merriam & Moore, Celestial, 6-Inch Table Globe, Rococo Cast Iron Stand, Antique, Troy, New York, 1851-1852 (Sold)

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Franklin Globes
6-Inch Celestial Table Globe
Merriam & Moore, Troy, New York: 1852
Cast iron rococo stand

The celestial globe in brass calibrated meridian, northern hour circle polar calotte numbered 1 to 12 twice in Roman numerals, canted on a rococo cast-iron tripod stand with raised acanthus decoration.  The constellations are elegantly depicted by figures of mythical beasts and scientific instruments, the stars shown in a chart to nine orders of magnitude, together with planetary nebulae, nebulae and clusters, the poles printed with an hour dial. Cream colored background, the constellations in tones of pink, grey, and olive.

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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.

Oval Cartouche on Celestial Globe:  A/ New Six inch/ CELESTIAL GLOBE,/ Reduced from the/ latest authorities of the/ Astronomical/ ASSOCIATION LONDON/ BY/ MERRIAM & MOORE/ STATIONERS/ TROY N.Y./ 1852


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

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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19th Century