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Globe, American, Weber Costello, Terrestrial World, 6-Inch Table Globe, Wire Stand, Chicago, c. 1902


W. & A.K. Johnston/ Weber Costello
6-Inch Terrestrial Table Globe
Chicago Heights, Illinois: c. 1902
Wire stand
8.5 x 4.25 inches, base

The terrestrial globe is mounted on a simple “wire” stand — actually a relatively stiff thin rod — that serves as an axis through the globe with a small portion exposed through the North Pole secured by a domed washer. It extends below from the axis at the South Pole as an inclination arm at 23 degrees formed of twisted wire, supported by a circular base formed of bent wire. The cartouche incorporates the names of British manufacturer W. & A.K. Johnston, which made the globe, and Weber Costello, which mounted it on the stand and sold it in the United States. Importing Johnston globes and selling them under their own label was a common practice by American globe makers at the time.

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Geographic entities are colored in green, yellow, and pink (faded) and outlined in darker shades of those colors. Geography shows countries, major cities, and rivers, with mountain ranges highlighted with hatched shading. St. Petersburg is shown, indicating a date before 1914. The ecliptic, equator, and equinoctial colures are graduated and colored yellow and black. The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are indicated by dotted lines. The Greenwich Meridian is labeled and shown as a solid line. Submarine telegraph cables are shown in the oceans and labeled “Sub. Tel.” Colonial island possessions are indicated by abbreviations in parentheses: “Br.” for British, “Fr.” for French, “Sp.” for Spanish. The Hawaiian Islands and Alaska, which had not yet become states, are similarly labeled “U.S.” and “To United States” respectively. There is a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific Ocean.

Read more about W. & A.K. Johnston and Weber Costello in our Guide to Globe Makers.

Circular cartouche: W. & A.K./ JOHNSTON’S/ 6 INCH GLOBE/ Weber Costello Co.,/ Chicago Heights,/ Ill./ Entered Stationers Hall/ “COPYRIGHT/ W. & A.K. JOHNSTON LTD.”

Condition: Generally very good, the colors fairly bright, the globe fairly clean, with only minor toning, wear, and handling.

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