Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's a Small World.....

This pocket terrestrial globe is illustrated with a cartouche carrying the phrase “Lane’s Improved Globe, London.” It is approximately 3.5 inches in diameter overall. This little globe has metal pins at the poles which allow the globe to turn inside the shell. The globe is hand colored and shows the routes of various explorers. One note at the Sandwich Islands states “Here C. Cook was killed.” The interior of the shell is illustrated with the signs of the zodiac. The exterior of the shell is covered in what is referred to as “fish-skin” and helped to protect the globe from the elements. It most likely dates from the first quarter of the 19th century. It is accession number 1953.2872 and it can be found in the Collections Research Center. Photo by Andy Price.

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