Geography is simple, showing countries and major rivers, cities, and mountain ranges. Oceans are toned brownish tan (originally cream-colored). Countries and regions are colored tan, orange, red and green. There are longitude and latitude lines, graduated ecliptic and equator lines, and a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific. Canada is labeled British America. A large portion of Central Asia is labeled Chinese Empire. The Pacific Ocean west of the coast of Chile and Argentina is labeled Great South Sea. Alaska is labeled as such and not “Russian America,” which helps date this globe to after 1867. Only small sections of the Antarctic coastline are mapped, with the rest left blank, reflecting geographic knowledge at the time.
This model globe was issued by two related companies in Scranton, Pennsylvania, under the name “The Excelsior”: I.S. Wachob & Co., and Wachob and McDowall. In each case the globes were issued on the same model walnut stand with calibrated full meridian and horizon band. Another example of this globe in the collection of George Glazer Gallery (formerly in the collection of Eli Buk) manufactured by I.S. Wachob is nearly identical but has a brass stand. According to genealogy records, I.S. Wachob is probably Issac S. Wachob. Wachob and McDowall was likely the successor company to I.S. Wachob & Co. Various editions of handbooks were issued by I.S. Wachob in connection with the Excelsior globes, explaining the general use of terrestrial globes to teach students geography. Apparently the handbook is based on the earlier issued Franklin Globe Manual inasmuch as both the 1858 and 1872 Wachob editions are copyrighted by producers of Franklin globes (Moore & Nims and H.B. Nims respectively). In addition to the manufacture of the Wachob 7-inch globe, the Wachob firms also were suppliers of school apparatus described in the above handbooks and other advertisements and catalogs.
Circular Cartouche: THE/ EXCELSIOR/ Manufactur’d/ by/ WACHOB & McDOWALL/ SCRANTON, PA.
Condition: Globe and horizon generally very good, recently professionally restored with the usual overall remaining toning, wear, and restorations to abrasions and minor losses. Some scattered dings to metal core of globe, and some minor rust oxidation spots on gores from metal core, but more minor and fewer than usually encountered on such globes.
I.S. Wachob & Co. The Excelsior Globe Manual. An Aid To The Study Of Geography And Astronomy With The Use Of Artificial Globes. Scranton, PA: Moore & Nims, 1858.
I.S. Wachob & Co. The Excelsior Globe Manual. An Aid To The Study Of Geography And Astronomy With The Use Of Artificial Globes. Scranton, PA: H.B. Nims & Co., 1872.