C. Snellgrove (seller) 1.75 inch Terrestrial Miniature Table Globe
London: 2nd Half 19th Century
Mahogany stand, brass meridian
4 inches high, 2 inch diameter base
The miniature terrestrial globe, of pocket globe size, within brass half meridian, is raised on a turned mahogany stand with central standard and dish base. The globe bears the name of C. Snellgrove. A stationer trading as C. Snellgrove is known to have been active in London in 1887 and possibly earlier; presumably is was that firm whose name appears on the globe. It may be further presumed that as a stationer, Snellgrove was the seller rather than the manufacturer of the globe. Apparently this globe is rare; no other examples of Snellgrove globes have been located.
Geographical information is minimal, with continents and oceans labeled, and some countries named. Continents are outlined in red or green. Place names on the globe confirm that it was made in the 19th century: Bolivia was founded in 1825; Southern Africa is labeled Cape Colony, which was in existence from 1814 to 1910; the Hawaiian Islands are called the Sandwich Islands, a name that was officially changed in 1840 and was out of use by the 1850s. Canada is labeled British Territory. The Meridian of London is labeled, which further indicates this was a British globe.
Condition: Good, recently restored to remove varnish and fix a few cracks, then revarnished. Varnish surface nonetheless a bit mottled with some scattered persistent darker original varnish and toning to paper remaining. It looks better in person; the closeup photos accentuate the darker tones.
The Photographic News: A Weekly Record of the Progress of Photography. Vol. 31, No. 1482. 28 January 1887, p. viii. Online at Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=JfkVEnuyBS0C&pg=RA1-PA48 (28 August 2017).