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Globe, American, Juvet, Terrestrial World, 18-Inch Table Globe, Gilt Renaissance Revival Stand, Antique, New York, 1880s (Sold)

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Juvet & Company
18-Inch Relative Time Floor Globe

Canajoharie, New York: c. early 1880s
Gilt and nickeled bronze
55 inches high

The terrestrial globe mounted in nickel-finished bronze calibrated adjustable full meridian, with arrow-form decoration at each of the poles comprised of an arrow head at the North Pole, and arrow feather at the South Pole, set within circular tin horizon, with applied paper engraved hour calibrations (numbered 1 to 12 twice) and quarterly hour and minute calibrations, on an elaborate gilt bronzed classical-inspired stand, the meridian in adjustable curved meridian holder fitting by round pinion into baluster central standard with waterleaf design, above additional round concave and convex rounded supports ending in terminal compass, the central standard joined by four legs, each surmounted by a stylized fierce eagle head, with elongated scaly bird legs, ending in bird ball and claw feet.

Product description continues below.


The equatorial graduated in degrees in both directions, hours and minutes, the ecliptic graduated in days, the Greenwich meridian and ecquinoctial colure graduated in degrees. International Date Line, not yet shown. Showing Mean Isothermal Lines for January and July, the oceans with a figure-8 analemma, Atlantic submarine telegraph cables indicated by hatched lines, and ocean currents indicated by wavy white lines. The continents finely detailed, with nation states colored in faded shades of beige and olive, the oceans faded green, the Antarctic shown only as scattered islands. Oklahoma is shown as Indian Territory, the Dakota is one territory.

This is a Juvet Relative Time globe, without clock works, as issued. This globe was patented October 28, 1879 by Adelbert G. Richmond, a Canajoharie businessman, and by Juvet’s partner, James Arkell. It was subsequently assigned to Juvet & Co. The terrestrial globe appears to have been supplied by W. & A.K. Johnston. It has a series of small crescent-shaped labels pasted around the equator relating to its function as a “Relative Time” globe indicating local time in various locals, such as “Chicago Time.” The cities shown are Chicago, London, Bombay, Calcutta, Yeddo, Honolulu, San Francisco, and Denver. Relative times around the world are referenced with the large calibrated circular hour horizon, serving much the same function as a polar hour dial on other globes.

Louis P. Juvet came from Switzerland, a country noted for its timepieces. In 1864, he moved to the lower Hudson Valley town of Glen Falls. He obtained two patents for clockwork driven globes in 1867, and subsequently received other patent and patent reissues. Production flourished in Canajoharie, New York until a tragic accident when his factory burned to the ground in 1886.

Overlabel Round Cartouche Surmounted by Eagle: RELATIVE/ TIME GLOBE/ MANUFACTURED/ BY/ JUVET & CO,/ CANAJOHARIE,/ N.Y./ U.S.A./ [U.S. & English Patent Information 1867-1879]

Key Below Cartouche:
Submarine Telegraph Cables thus . . . Black
Mean Isothermal lines for January . . . Blue
Mean Isothermal lines for July . . . Red

Additional information


19th Century