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Globe, American, Franklin, Moore & Nims, Terrestrial World, 10-Inch Table Globe, 4-Leg Stand, Antique, Troy, New York, 1858-1868 (Sold)

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Franklin Globes
10-Inch Terrestrial Table Globe
Moore & Nims, Troy, New York: c. 1858-68
4-leg hardwood stand
15 inches high; 14 inches diameter overall

The terrestrial globe is surmounted by an arrow pointer and printed hour circle, within a calibrated full brass meridian.  The globe, within a circular horizon with engraved paper zodiac, is raised on a hard-wood stand with four turned legs ending in spade feet, joined by a turned X-form stretcher.  Oceans and geographic entities are cream colored, with some light green and dark green outlining. There is also an oval analemma colored pink and green.

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North and South Dakota are shown prior to statehood (1891) with the area east of the Missouri River labeled “Dacota” and the rest included with present-day Nebraska and the Yellowstone area  labelled as “Nebraska.”  Oklahoma is called “Indian Territory,” and Alaska is “Russian America” indicating a date prior to 1867. The recently installed Atlantic Cable between Britain and the U.S. is shown as “Submarine Telegraph Cable.” A dotted lines indicates routes taken by the U.S. Navy expedition to explore the Pacific Ocean led by Lt. Charles Wilkes from 1838 to 1842 and a dotted line labeled “New York to Aspinwall” shows the Pacific Mail route from New York to San Francisco via Panama established by William Aspinwall. Various captions each with a synopsis of an event of then recent history are printed in the oceans.

Franklin Globes were produced throughout the second half of the 19th century in Troy, New York, by a succession of globe makers and booksellers: Merriam & Moore (c. 1848-52), Merriam Moore & Co. (1852-58), Moore & Nims (1858-68), H.B. Nims & Co. (1869-85), Nims & Knight (1886-89), and back to H.B. Nims & Co. (1890-96). They were available in the six, ten, twelve, sixteen, and thirty-inch diameters, with a variety of bases, generally in iron or wood and often reflecting the prevailing Victorian decorative arts style of the period.

Circular Cartouche: THE FRANKLIN/ TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ 10 INCHES IN DIAMETER CONTAINING ALL THE/ Geographical Divisions/ & POLITICAL BOUNDARIES/ to present date/ carefully compiled from the best Authorities/ MOORE & NIMS/ TROY N.Y.

References:

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

Glover, Bill.  “History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy Cable Timeline: 1845-1900.”  Atlantic Cable.  5 November 2005.  http://atlantic-cable.com/Cables/CableTimeLine/index1850.htm.

Levy, D.A.  “William Henry Aspinwall.”  14 February  2004.  The Maritime Heritage Project.http://www.maritimeheritage.org/vips/aspinwall.htm (2 September 2008).

Rochester, Junius.  “Charles Wilkes.”  HistoryLink.org.  17 February 2003.  http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=5226 (2 September 2008).

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