Bardin 18-inch Terrestrial Globe

This terrestrial globe is supported on a wooden tri-leg pedestal, surrounded by a wooden horizon circle, and it equipped with a brass meridian and a small brass circle around the north pole. It (and its celestial mate) belonged to the Anglo-American chemist, Joseph Priestley.
The cartouche in the Pacific Ocean displays a seated female figure of Britannia, a seated woman holding an astronomical quadrant, and a small portrait of Joseph Banks. The text below reads: “To the Rt Honorable / SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART K. B. / This New British Terrestrial Globe / containing all the latest Discoveries and Communications, from the most / correct and authentic Observations and surveys, to the year 1798 / by Captn Cook and more recent Navigators, Engraved on / an accurate Drawing by Mr Arrowsmith Geographer / Is respectfully dedicated / by his most obedient hble servants / W. & T. M. Bardin / 230” A text below reads: “Manufactured & Sold Wholesale & Retail by W. & T. M. BARDIN / 16 Salisbury Square Fleet Street London”
William Bardin (fl. 1730-1798) was a London artisan who began making globes around 1780. Ten years later, now partnership with his son, Thomas Marriott Bardin (1768-1819), he began trading as W. & T. M. Bardin. The 18-inch globes, their most ambitious, were introduced in 1798, and remained in production, by successor firms, for a half century.
Ref: John Millburn and Tör Rossaak, “The Bardin Family, Globe Makers in London” Der Globusfreund (1992).
Elly Dekker, Globes at Greenwich (Oxford, 1999), pp. 260-270.
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Object Name
globe, terrestrial, ca 1798
globe, terrestrial
date made
ca 1800
Priestley, Joseph
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
mahogany (overall material)
average spatial: 45.5 cm; 17 29/32 in
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Williamsport
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mrs. Eliza R. Lyon
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