Weber Costello 18-Inch Celestial Globe

This globe has white stars on a dark blue background, with the constellation figures faintly outlined in gold. A label in the southern hemisphere reads: “CELESTIAL / GLOBE / Manufactured by / Weber Costello Co. / Chicago Heights, Ill.” There is a three-footed metal base, a wooden horizon circle, a metal meridian circle, and a metal yoke.
C. F. Weber & Co. purchased the globe business of A. H. Andrews & Co. in 1896. The firm became Weber Costello Frick Co. in 1902 and Weber Costello in 1909. The firm boasted in 1922: “The manufacture of globes requires skilled, experienced workmen, and the most accurate machinery. We have for this work the largest and best appointed establishment in the world. We have had forty-one years’ experience in globe manufacture. There are no globes made anywhere, by anyone, that equal our product.” The firm went to say that their globe maps were “made by the greatest map makers in the world, G. W. Bacon & Co., London, England, and W. & A. K. Johnston, Edinburg, Scotland.”
Ref: Weber Costello, Globes, Hyloplate Blackboards, Erasers—Wall Maps (Chicago Heights, 1922).
Currently not on view
Object Name
globe, celestial, Weber Castello Co
date made
20th century
Weber Costello Company
W. & A.K. Johnston Limited
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
iron (overall material)
wood (overall material)
average spatial: 45.7 cm; 18 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago Heights
associated place
United States: Illinois, Rock Island
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Augustana College

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