This globe shows present-day St. Petersburg, Russia, as “Leningrad;” therefore, it was made after 1924. Further, it shows Constantinople rather than Istanbul, indicating a date of manufacture before 1930. In addition, it shows Central Australia as a separate territory, limiting its period from 1927 to 1931.
The stand was provided by Kittinger Company, one of the leading American furniture makers of the 20th Century. As such, the stand is of an unusually high quality for a floor globe of this period and probably was intended for home use. Kittinger sold and marketed the globe as a whole, with their overlabel on the cartouche, and their brass and paper labels under the stand. The paper label guarantees that the wood is “solid genuine American walnut” throughout. The globe incorporates globe gores by the famous and prolific British globe maker, W. & A.K. Johnston. The overlabel is very slightly chipped and reveals that the globe was made by Johnston in partnership with A.J. Nystrom. For more information about the manufacturers, see our Guide to Globe Makers entries on W. & A.K. Johnston, A.J. Nystrom, and Kittinger.
Circular Cartouche: 18 INCH/ TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ Kittinger Company/ INCORPORATED/ Manufacturers/ 1893 Elmwood Ave. BUFFALO, N.Y.
Table Below Cartouche:
Railways shewn thus [thick dashed line]/ Submarine Telegraph Cables thus [thin dashed line] Black/ International Date Line [red line]/ Warm Currents [solid arrow] Cold Currents [dashed arrow]/ Mandate Territories shewn by Bars of Colour/ PRINTED By W. & A. K. JOHNSTON LTD./ EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND/ Copyright
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. Stand generally very good with the usual wear.