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Globe, American, Joslin, Copley, Terrestrial World, 16-Inch Floor Globe, Tripod Ebonized Stand, Antique, Boston, c. 1870s (Sold)

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Gilman Joslin
16-Inch Terrestrial Tripod Floor Globe
Boston: c. 1870s
Ebonized wooden tripod stand
43 inches high, 22 inches diameter overall

A handsome full sized home library globe, with Aesthetic movement ebonized tripod stand that works as well with 20th Century modern décor as in traditional Victorian rooms.  For example, New York interior designer Charles Pavarini III incorporated this globe in an elegant modern room setting for the 2005 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey. Geographical entities are in tones of in tones of green, dark pink, light pink, blue, with some outlined in red, the oceans are uncolored.  “Dacotah” is shown as one territory and the Atlantic cable is indicated by a continuous black line between Ireland and Newfoundland.  Various keys, information, and the maker’s name are printed on the horizon band rather than directly on the globe.

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This Joslin 16-inch globe was originally designed by Charles Copley (fl. 1843-69), a map and globe publisher and engraver working in Brooklyn, New York.  He is well known for his sea charts, published by Charles Copley and Sons in the mid 19th century.  In 1852, he copyrighted a pair of 16-inch terrestrial and celestial globes and received a gold medal for them at the Fair of the American Institute in New York in the same year.  In the 1870s and 1880s, Copley’s globes were revised and reissued by the prominent American globe makers Gilman Joslin and the Franklin group.

Read more about Joslin on our Guide to Globe Makers.



Dekker, Elly and van der Krogt, Peter. Globes from the Western World. London: Zwemmer, 1993.  pp. 126, 140, 176.

How to Use a Globe, Joslin’s Terrestrial and Celestial Globes/ Joslin’s Hand-book to the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes.  Gilman Joslin & Son, Manufacturers and Dealers, 5 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts:  [n.d., but c. 1890], pp. 3-4.

Warner, Deborah Jean. “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise, Vol. 2, No. 3. 1987. pp. 100-103.

Yonge, Ena L. A Catalogue of Early Globes, Library Series No. 6. American Geographical Society: 1968. pp. 37-38.

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19th Century