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Globe, American, Joslin, Loring, Terrestrial World, 12-Inch Table Globe, 4-Leg Stand, Antique, Boston, 1860 (Reserved)

Gilman Joslin
Loring’s 12-inch Terrestrial Globe
Boston: 1860
Mahogany four-legged stand
18 inches high; 16.5 inches diameter, horizon band

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The terrestrial globe with a printed hour circle, and set within a full brass calibrated meridian, the horizon band with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, raised on a turned mahogany stand with four legs joined by an X-form stretcher. The globe has cream colored oceans, geographic entities in green, pink, tan, and yellow, with broad green outlines and some with narrower red outlines. North America is divided into British America (present day Canada), the United States, and Mexico. Several U.S. territories are labelled. Numerous rivers and major cities are named. Some areas of Native American tribes are also indicated such as Callapoewahs, Crow, and Mandans in the Northwest United States and “Chipeways” west of Lake Superior. Alaska is shown as Russian America. Antarctica is largely unmapped except scattered pieces of coastline. The Southern Hemisphere also has a line showing “Southern Limit of Wood” and the Antipode of Greenwich (England) is also labeled on the colure.  The Hawaiian Islands are called the Sandwich Islands and mark where Captain Cook was killed in 1779. Tracks of the routes of various explorers are indicated: Wilkes, Vancouver, Cook, Clarke and De la Perouse. There is a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific Ocean.

Product description continues below.


Gilman Joslin (1804-c. 1886), one of America’s most prolific globe makers, began making globes for Josiah Loring (1775-c. 1840) in 1837, and took over the business two years later. Loring had begun selling globes in 1832. He advertised that his globes were superior to British globes of the period. Yet early Loring globes were either imported from C. Smith & Sons, one of the leading British globe makers of the late Georgian period, or re-engraved versions of Smith & Sons globes. Gilman Joslin began as a wood turner and maker of looking glass mirrors. After taking over Loring´s business, he began producing globes under the Loring name and under his own name. Joslin set up a globe manufacturing facility in Boston and by 1850 had five workers. Gilman Joslin was joined by his son William B. Joslin in 1874 and the firm continued in operation as Gilman Joslin & Son until 1907.

Joslin & Son’s globe handbook (issued later than the offered Joslin globe) states that their globes were useful for instructing students in geography and “[f]or library or office use [were] no less valuable, showing…at a glance, the true relative situations of Political and Geographical Divisions, Cities, etc., the world over.” The handbook also enumerated various “advantages” of Joslin globes:

“They may be depended upon as accurate, the plates having lately been revised to correspond with all recent political changes. All the maps are printed directly from copper plates, and are not lithographed. The meridians are accurately graduated. The varnish is warranted not to crack or peel off, a common failing. The stands are thoroughly and firmly fitted together, and the general workmanship throughout is of the first order.”

Joslin’s Hand-Book, pp. 3-4

Circular Cartouche: Loring’s/ TERRESTRIAL GLOBE/ containing all/ THE LATE DISCOVERIES/ AND/ Geographical Improvements,/ also the Tracks of/ the most celebrated Circumnavigators./ Compiled from Smith’s new English Globe, with/ additions and improvements by Annin & Smith./ Revised by G.W. Boynton./ Manufactured by Gilman Joslin, Boston./1860.

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. Overall retains a golden antique tone with bright colors. Stand generally very good with the usual wear.

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Globe Type



Hardwood, Wood, Mahogany


19th Century


Four-legged, Turned wood