The terrestrial globe has green oceans and geographic entities in orange, red, green and yellow. 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.
The 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition was a World’s Fair celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of the New World. It was formally dedicated in 1892, but the fairgrounds did not open until May 1893. An extremely large number of souvenirs were issued in connection with the fair, including various forms incorporating world globes as a symbol of the “world’s fair” theme. This souvenir globe also serves useful purposes both as a functional pencil sharpener and as a paperweight.
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.
Read more about the firm in our Guide to Globe Makers.
Cartouche: J. SCHEDLER’S/ TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ 3 inches Diam’r/ PRIZE MEDAL, PARIS EXP.
Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally restored and revarnished, now with the usual overall light toning, wear, restorations to minor abrasions. Base generally good, with some loss of nickel-plated finish and rust to the underlying iron.
Schedler, Joseph. An Illustrated Manual for the Use of the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. New York: 1875, 1877, 1887.
Steiger, E. Descriptive Catalogue of Globes, Atlases and Maps. New York: 1876.
“The World’s Columbian Exposition.” Chicago Historical Society. 1999. http://www.chicagohs.org/history/expo.html (26 June 2015).
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.