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Globe, Specialty, World’s Fair Souvenir, Pencil Sharpener, 3-Inch Terrestrial, Antique, Schedler, New Jersey, 1893

Joseph Schedler
3-Inch Terrestrial Globe
World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill. 1893
World’s Fair Souvenir/ Pencil Sharpener
[Herman Schedler, Jersey City, New Jersey]: c. 1893
Nickel-plated cast iron stand
5.25 inches high, overall; 2.5 inches diameter, base
Price on Request

A desk accessory souvenir of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair having a miniature terrestrial globe atop a nickel-plated cast iron base that incorporates a pencil sharpener with a container for pencil shavings. The globe is on an axis pointed at 0 degrees raised on a tubular support on a circular disc base that forms a lid that pivots to one side to reveal a lift-out round conforming pencil sharpener that has a slot in which to sharpen the pencil. The title printed in large bold black capital letters around the entire globe circumference is “WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO, ILL. 1893.”

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Description

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.

References:

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.

Additional information

Maker Location

Maker

Globe Type

Terrestrial

Century

19th Century