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Globe, American, Schedler, Terrestrial, 3-inch Diameter, Paperweight, Green Base, Antique, New Jersey, Late 19th C. (Reserved)

Joseph Schedler
3-Inch Terrestrial Paperweight Globe
Joseph Schedler, New York: 3rd Quarter, 19th century
Cast iron stand, painted green with gilt decoration
5 inches high, overall; 3.5 inches diameter, base

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A paperweight globe desktop accessory on a cast iron base. The globe is on an axis pointed at 0 degrees raised atop a circular tapering support on a round molded cast iron base. The base is painted green, with gilt Aesthetic Movement pattern decoration, and gilt line highlights. A similar model Schedler globe is illustrated in Steiger’s Educational Directory for 1878 as a “desk weight.” Numerous extant examples of this Schedler paperweight globe are known, with various different painted colors to the base, and some with slightly different cartouches.

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The terrestrial globe has green oceans and geographic entities colored tan. Geography is simple in keeping with the small size of the globe, showing countries, major cities, rivers, and mountain ranges indicated by shading. America is labeled “United States” and Canada is labeled “British.” The Hawaiian Islands are called the Sandwich Islands. The coastline of Antarctica is partially mapped, with gaps reflecting unexplored areas at the time.

Joseph Schedler (fl.1860s-1880s), founder of the Schedler firm, and his successor, Herman Schedler (fl. 1880s-1890s), were German immigrants, based in New York and Jersey City, New Jersey. They manufactured a wide variety of table, floor, and novelty globes, generally for school use, but also some designed specifically for the home “parlor” and other as novelty globes and souvenirs. E. Steiger was a New York publisher that marketed various school supplies and globes, including the full line of globes made by Schedler.

Read more about the firm in our Guide to Globe Makers.

Cartouche: J. SCHEDLER’S/ TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ 3 inches Diam’r/ NEW YORK/ U.S.A.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, restorations to minor abrasions. Base generally good, with some minor abrasions to painted finish.


Descriptive Catalogue of Globes, Atlases and Maps. New York: E. Steiger, 1876.

Schedler, Joseph. An Illustrated Manual for the Use of the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. New York: 1875, 1877, 1887.

Steiger’s Educational Directory for 1878. New York: E. Steiger, 1878. p. 234.

Warner, Deborah Jean. “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise, Vol. 2, No. 4 (1987). pp. 125-27.

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19th Century