Murdock 5-Inch Terrestrial Globe

The globe is a solid wooden sphere atop a simple brass base with 3 cabriole legs. The curious brass structure mounted on the globe has not been identified. The cartouche in the north Pacific reads: “MADE / BY / D.C. MURDOCK / WEST BOYLSTON / MASS.”
There are very few geographical names or boundaries on this globe. But “Oasis at Taudeny” is shown in West Africa, as is the “Great Desert.” Australia (a name adopted by the United Kingdom in 1824) is here labeled “NEW HOLLAND.”
David C. Murdock (1805-1880) made inexpensive school apparatus from the 1830s until his small factory was destroyed by fire in 1868.
Ref: D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 116-117.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
mid 19th century
Murdock, David C.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paper (overall material)
average spatial: 5 in; 12.7 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, West Boylston
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Brookline
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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