Title - 16-Inch Terrestrial Floor Globe
Artist - Charles Copley
Type - Floor Globe
Size - 43 in high
Medium- Cast iron rococo tripod stand
Year - 1863
Condition - Globe and horizon generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear and soiling. Some patches of discoloration, generally near south pole, unobtrusive. A few minor scratches and abrasions professionally restored. Stand very good with the usual oxidation.
About the piece
The terrestrial globe, with calibrated brass hour circles at north and south poles, within a calibrated brass full meridian, the horizon band with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, supported on a cast iron rococo revival stand decorated throughout with raised relief acanthus and classical leaf decoration, having three quadrants below the horizon band emanating from a central baluster standard, raised on curved hipped legs with foliate capped feet, ending in casters.
Geographical entities are in tones of in tones of green, pink, blue and yellow, some outlined in red, and with continents and some islands in heavy green outline. Oceans are cream color. Mountain ranges are shaded. The Transatlantic cable is shown by a continuous black line between Ireland and Newfoundland. The Meridian of Greenwich is shown in addition to the Equator, the Ecliptic and a figure-eight analemma. Large areas of the interior of Africa are unexplored and left blank, as is most of the coastline of Antarctica. Various keys, information, and the maker’s name are printed on the horizon band rather than directly on the globe.
In the continental U.S., the northern Midwest and West reflects boundaries of Idaho Territory in 1863. The following year, parts of Idaho Territory were ceded to Montana Territory and Dakota Territory. The boundaries of the other states and territories are also consistent with the 1863 date. The regions of many Native American tribes are labeled including "Black Feet," "Nezperces," "Shoshones," "Arickarees" and "Pawnees." Alaska is called "Russian America," as it was known prior to 1867.
This and related 16-inch globes were originally copyrighted by Charles Copley, a map and globe publisher and engraver working in Brooklyn, New York. From the 1860s to the turn of the century, Copley’s globes were revised and reissued by the prominent American globe makers Gilman Joslin and by the Franklin group of globe makers. Joslin issued the 16-inch terrestrial and celestial globes on a variety of stands including a low rococo iron table stand, a four-legged turned table stand, an elaborate rococo cast iron floor stand (as offered here), an ebonized aesthetic movement triopd floor stand with circular turned legs, and an on a spun brass floor stand with lion mask decorations.