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Globe, American, Joslin Terrestrial World, 6-Inch Table Globe, Pedestal Mahogany Stand, Antique, Boston, 1851

Gilman Joslin
6-Inch Terrestrial Globe
Boston: 1851
Black walnut stand
9.25 inches high, 5.75 inch diameter base

The terrestrial globe in brass uncalibrated half meridian at 23 1/2 degrees, raised on a turned walnut pedestal stand with central baluster standard and dish base. This model of globe and stand is called the “6 Inch Semi Frame” and described in a Joslin catalogue as “adapted to individual beginners and others not desiring the details of a large globe. It is a most fitting and useful present to any beginner in Geography.”

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The globe is surmounted by a printed northern hour circle polar calotte numbered I to XII twice; the equatorial graduated in degrees, hours and minutes; the ecliptic graduated in days of the houses of the zodiac with symbols of each. There is a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific Ocean. Oceans are cream colored. Geographical entities are in cream or shades of faint green, with thick green outlining and thin red outlining.

West of Mississippi the labeled rivers include the Des Moines, Missouri, Kansas, Osage, Arkansas, Little Rock, Red, Yellowstone, Platte, Lewis’s, Columbia, Clarks and Colorado. Texas, New California, New Albion, Oregon Territory and Snake Indian territory are labeled in the west, as well as the cities of Houston, Santa Fe, “St. Francisco,” “St. Diego,” Monterey and Mendocino. Alaska is called Russian America. Canada is called British America and includes Black Feet Indian territory. Antarctica is largely unmapped except for small areas of coastline labeled Graham’s Land, Enderby’s Land, “Land discov[ere]d by Capt. Wilkes of the U.S. Navy” and a point reached by Captain Weddell in 1823.

This globe was made by Gilman Joslin, successor to Josiah Loring’s Boston globe making business, and engraved by William B. Annin, of the prominent Boston engraving firm Annin & Smith. Annin was hired by Josiah Loring and Gilman Joslin to engrave (or re-engrave) the gores for some of their globes. Read more about Joslin and Annin in our Guide to Globe Makers.

Cartouche: JOSLIN’S/ Six Inch/ Terrestrial Globe,/ Containing the latest Discoveries,/ BOSTON/ Gilman Joslin./ 1851/ Drawn and Engraved by W.B. Annin.


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

Descriptive Catalogue of Joslin’s Terrestrial & Celestial Globes, Gilman Joslin, Manufacturer and Dealer. Boston: Gilman Joslin, c. 1870s.

How to Use a Globe, Joslin’s Terrestrial and Celestial Globes/ Joslin’s Hand-book to the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. Boston, Massachusetts: Gilman Joslin & Son, [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. 100-03.

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


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