Cary & Co. Celestial Globe

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This globe shows no constellation figures or contours, but only the brightest stars used for navigation. It has a brass horizon and meridian ring designed by a Lieut. English, that are used to identify the stars. The inscriptions read "CARY & CO Makers to the Admiralty 7 PALL MALL LONDON" and "CARY, LONDON. PATENT No 21540." The wooden case is stamped with the name of the owner: "J DAVIES / I R N SIGNAL STATION / ST CATHERINES POINT / NITON UNDERCLIFF / N R VENTOR / IOW"
John Cary began making globes in London in 1791. The firm became Cary & Co. in the early 1890s, and were at this Pall Mall address in the early 1900s.
Ref: Elly Dekker, Globes at Greenwich (London, 1999), pp. 293-303.
English’s Patent Star Finder (n.p., n.d.)
Currently not on view
Cary & Co.
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
mahogany (overall material)
brass (overall material)
felt (overall material)
average spatial: 13.6 cm; 5 3/8 in
overall in case: 8 1/4 in x 8 5/8 in x 8 3/4 in; 20.955 cm x 21.9075 cm x 22.225 cm
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National Museum of American History