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Globe, English, Newton, Terrestrial Celestial Pair, 4.5-Inch Table Globes, Pedestal Stands, Antique, London, 1840s

Newton & Son
Pair of 4.5-Inch Terrestrial and Celestial Globes
London: 1846 (celestial), 1843 (terrestrial)
Mahogany turned stands
8 inches high, 4.5 inch diameter base

Pair of small table globes, one terrestrial and one celestial, each in an uncalibrated brass half-meridian and raised on a turned mahogany stand with central standard and dish base.

On the terrestrial globe, the continents are outlined with hatch marks; some are also highlighted in green or red. Oceans and continents are colored in shades of tan. California is shown as a peninsula. An “Improved Analemma” shaped like a figure eight is in the Pacific Ocean. The terrestrial globe is undated, but apparently identical with one that is dated 1843 beneath the cartouche previously owned by George Glazer Gallery. On this globe, there is a decorative asterisk in that location instead of a date. On North America, east of the Mississippi is labeled United States; west of the Mississippi is labeled with the names of some Native American tribes, Indiana, New Albion, and N. Mexico. Along the Arctic Circle are the names and dates of voyages by two explorers: Franklin 1826 and Parry 1820.

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On the celestial globe, the constellations are named and drawn as mythological figures and illustrations of scientific instruments, lightly shaded in tan, pink, brown and green. The stars are represented by different symbols according to five orders of magnitude, corresponding to a key above the cartouche. A number of astronomical coordinates are labeled, including the ecliptic, north and south declinations, the “Circle of Perpetual Apparition at London” at N 38° and the “Circle of Perpetual Occultation” at London at S 38°. Eight of the southern constellations are drawn as well as those of Plancius and Lacaille and some of those of Hevelius.

Newton & Son was operated from 1841 to 1883 by descendants of the British globe maker John Newton, who started making globes in the late 18th century. For more information about the Newton family of globe makers, see our Guide to Globe Makers.

Full publication information: 66 Chancery Lane, London.

Terrestrial cartouche: NEWTON’s/ New & Improved/ Terrestrial Globe,/ Containing the latest Discoveries./ 66, Chancery Lane, London.

Celestial, rectangular cartouche with rounded inset edges: NEWTON’s/ New & Improved/ Celestial Globe/ 66, Chancery Lane London/ 1846.

Condition:  Each generally very good overall, professionally restored, with the usual remaining light overall toning, wear, handling, and touch up to minor scattered small abrasions. Present handsomely with a nice gloassy finish and rich warm tones. Stands very good, richly patinated, with restorations to central baluster standards.


Dekker, Elly, et al. Globes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. London: Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, 1999. p. 55.

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Hardwood, Wood, Mahogany


19th Century