Franklin 10-Inch Terrestrial Globe

The cartouche reads “THE FRANKLIN / TERRESTRIAL / 10 INCHES IN DIAMETER CONTAINING ALL THE / Geographical Divisions / & POLITICAL BOUNDARIES / to the present date / carefully compiled from the best Authorities / NIMS & KNIGHT / TROY, N.Y.”
The first Franklin terrestrial globe was issued in the mid-1850s by Merriam & Moore, booksellers in Troy, N.Y. That firm and its successors would issue several new editions over the course of the next half century. This example carries the signature of Nims & Knight, as the firm was known from 1886 to 1889, but it shows some geographical information from a year or two later. This includes such states as North and South Dakota (1889), Wyoming and Idaho (1890), and the panhandle (1890) of the “Indian Territor” later known as Oklahoma.
The globe is mounted on an inclined axis on a simple pillar stand. The circular cast iron base is covered with lithographed tinplate.
Ref: D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 63-64.
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Object Name
globe, terrestrial, Nims & Knight
date made
Nims & Knight
Merriam & Moore
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
iron (overall material)
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
average spatial: 24.8 cm; 9 3/4 in
place made
United States: New York, Troy
associated place
United States: Maine, Damariscotta
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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