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Globe, American, Joslin Terrestrial World, 6-Inch Table Globe, 3-leg Stand, Antique, Boston, 1860 (Sold)

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Gilman Joslin
6-Inch Terrestrial Globe
Boston: 1860
Three-legged turned hardwood stand
10 inches high; 8.75 inch diameter horizon band

The terrestrial globe is surmounted by a brass hour pointer in a brass calibrated full meridian, mounted within a circular horizon band with an engraved paper calendar and zodiac. It is raised on a hardwood stand with three baluster-turned legs joined by a tripartite simple turned stretcher, joined by a central barrel form wooden connector, the legs ending in top-form feet.

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Oceans are cream colored. Geographical entities are colored tan or shades of faint green, some with thick green or thin red outlining. A figure-eight “Improved Analemma, Shewing the Suns for every day in the Year” is in the ocean. The printed northern hour circle polar calotte is numbered I to XII twice. St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston, Salt Lake City, Portland, Monterey, Santa Fe and San Diego are shown west of the Mississippi in the United States. The Baja California is called “Old California,” Alaska is called “Russian America,” and Northern Canada is labeled “British America” with the western portion labeled “Black Feet Inds.” Other interesting geography includes India labeled “Hindoostan,” the central part of southern Africa labeled “Unexplored” and the Sahara called “Great Desert.” Antarctica was still relatively unexplored, with only few small sections of the coastline indicated.

This globe was made by Gilman Joslin, successor to Josiah Loring’s Boston globe making business. Read more about Joslin in our Guide to Globe Makers.

Cartouche on Terrestrial Globe: JOSLIN’S/ Six Inch/ Terrestrial Globe,/ Containing the latest Discoveries./ BOSTON,/ Gilman Joslin./ 1860./ Drawn and Engraved by W.B. Annin.


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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Hardwood, Wood