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Globe, American, Nystrom, Terrestrial World, 18-Inch Floor Globe, 4-Leg Phyfe Wooden Stand, Chicago, c. 1930s (Sold)

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A.J. Nystrom
18-Inch Terrestrial Floor Globe

Chicago: c. 1930s
Mahogany four-legged Duncan Phyfe style stand
40 inches high

The 18-inch globe in calibrated full metal meridian, the horizon with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, raised on a mahogany Duncan Phyfe style stand with turned and reeded central standard, on four downswept reeded legs each with carved waterleaf decoration, ending in brass animal paw casters.

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This globe was manufactured for A.J. Nystrom, a major school supply house in America in the 20th century.  It incorporates globe gores by the famous and prolific British globe maker, W. & A.K. Johnston.  The stand was likely provided by Kittinger, one of the leading American furniture makers of the 20th century (based on similar examples with a Kittinger cartouche rather than Nystrom).  As such, the stand is unusually high quality for a floor globe of this period and probably was intended for home use. W. & A.K. Johnston was among the most important figures in the production of globes in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. See our Guide to Globe Makers for more information about W. & A.K. Johnston, A.J. Nystrom and Kittinger.

Printed Circular Cartouche (not an overlabel): 18 INCH [printed above cartouche]/ TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ by/ W. & A.K. JOHNSTON,/ LIMITED/ Geographers/ Engravers/ Printers/ EDINBURGH/ A.J. NYSTROM & Co./ Sole United States Agents CHICAGO/

Table printed Below Globe:

Railways shown thus
Submarine Telegraph Cables Thus Black
International Date Line
Warm Currents Cold Currents
Mandate Territories shown by Bars of Colour

Additional Legend: PRINTED BY W. & A. K. JOHNSTON LTD./ EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND./ Copyright


Additional information


20th Century