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 30-inch globe was manufactured by the famous and prolific British globe maker, W. & A.K. Johnston. Its considerable size allows for extensive cartographic detail. The extremely finely made 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 or major institutional library use. Kittinger sold and marketed the globe as a whole, with their circular label pasted above the cartouche. For more information about the manufacturers, see our Guide to Globe Makers entries on W. & A.K. Johnston and Kittinger.
Cartouche within lozenge shaped decorative border, surmounted by the Scottish royal coat of arms: 30 INCH/ TERRESTRIAL GLOBE/ BY/ W.&A.K. JOHNSTON, LIM’D/ Geographers, Engravers/ and Printers/ EDINBURGH & LONDON.
Circular overlabel above cartouche: TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ Kittinger Company/ INCORPORATED/ Manufacturers/ 1893 Elmwood Ave. BUFFALO, N.Y.
Condition: Globe and horizon generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear and handling. Some irregularity to varnish, and a few minor scratches and abrasions, all professionally restored. Stand very good with the usual wear; recently French polished.