Plum Tree Farm
Upgate Street
Carleton Rode
Norfolk NR16 1NJ

Tel: 01953 860 746

Celestial Globe on original wooden stand . Made of wood and plaster, and covered with twelve copper engraved paper gores. The sphere has original metal pivots at both poles which fit into a brass frame and thence to a turned mahogany (?) wooden stand. The globe is of approx 7.6 cm diameter, with the base of the stand approx 8.5 cm diameter. The globe stands about 16 cm tall to the top of the brass frame. Labelled “ Newton’s Improved Pocket Celestial Globe”. The globe is divided into hour circles every 15 degrees with parallels for every 10 degrees. The equator shows both degrees and hours and the ecliptic is graduated in degrees, also showing the symbols for the different zodiacal signs. The globe shows some surface wear with minor loss and has had some cosmetic restoration and a light clean and polish. Dating this globe is difficult. We have found descriptions for the same globe dating it to 1817, and we think that the stand seems to date from the earlier C19th rather than the later. The Newton family were ranked among the leading English globe makers in the early 19th century. John Newton (1759-1844) trained under Thomas Bateman before founding his own company in 1780. In the early 1800s, John and his second son William (1786-1861) relocated to 97 Chancery Lane and traded under the name J & W Newton. This globe does not credit William on the label suggesting a date up to the early 1800’s, before William joined the family firm.We have seen similar globes presented in fish skin cases, on brass stands, and in the later part of the century, in wooden boxes. A rare survival on its original wooden stand.
condition: Very Good


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