The terrestrial globe has metal axis pins at the North and South Poles, and rests loosely, as issued, in the top edge of its original cylindrical box. The top edge has a small metal fitting at either side in which the globe axis pins are inserted; this allows the globe to be rotated 360 degrees by hand to view all the different sides east to west. The cylindrical box is made of cardboard and covered on the sides with pink paper. The lid has a circular applied paper illustration of a distinguished naval officer with a blue military coat and white sash. Behind him is a seascape with large clipper ships. The officer’s military cap rests on a table on the right and he rests his arm on a large terrestrial floor globe on the left. The globe pictured in the illustration has globe maker Carl Bauer’s MCB logo superimposed on the horizon band. The illustration is set within a classical border of repeating foliate scrolls interrupted at the bottom with a vignette of a tropical beach. These are further enclosed within an outer round pink border edged in green.
The globe, with place names in English, is comprised of 12 engraved hand-colored gores on a hollow cardboard core. Every other longitude line corresponds to the gores; latitude lines are also included. The Equator (highlighted in red), Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the Ecliptic, and the “First Meridian Through London” are labeled. The very simple cartography labels continents and oceans, and also includes some major nations, cities and rivers. Some national boundaries are indicated by dotted lines. Antarctica was still largely unexplored, so only some small sections of known coastline are included. The Arctic region is more detailed but the northernmost coastlines of North America and Greenland are undefined. Australia is called New Holland. Oceans are tan. Continents are cream-colored and hand outlined in red, yellow, green, or orange. The coastlines are shaded with printed lines to which green hand coloring has been applied.
Johann Bernard Bauer (1752-1839) and his sons Carl Johann Sigmund Bauer (1780-1857) and Peter Bauer (1783-1847) were scientific instrument makers, globe makers and engravers in Nuremberg. Between them, the Bauer family produced a variety of globes, including miniatures for the educational market. Carl Bauer is well known for packaging a miniature globe in a box with inserted folding engravings of the peoples of the world as a set called “The Earth and its Inhabitants.” Versions for the German- and English-speaking markets survive, with variations in the number and style of engravings as well as in the appearance of the box lids. These sets are either unsigned or bear the initials C.B. on the globe and/or on the box.
The box accompanying this globe is inscribed in manuscript ink on the underside, “Thomas B. Sharadin/ May 20, 1859, Globe No. 1,” probably by the owner of the globe at that time. The naval officer’s sash on the top of the box is inscribed “Sharadin” in the same hand. By applying the dates to genealogical records it is conceivable that it refers to a Thomas B. Sharadin (1848-1863) living in Kutztown, Berks County, Pennsylvania, who would have been age 11 in 1859, the date written on the underside of the box.
Condition: Globe in box with illustration all original as issued. Globe generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, and handling. Toning on the globe varies — slightly irregular from light to slight darker. Box in good condition with the usual light toning, wear, soiling; minor abrasions and chipping of applied paper with some greater wear at box edges and corners. Ink manuscript notations on underside of box and in naval officer’s sash dated 1859, apparently original.
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