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.

Date Made: ca 1800

Owner: Priestley, Joseph

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, LondonAssociated Place: United States: Pennsylvania, Williamsport

Subject: Geography


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences, Globes, Measuring & Mapping


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Credit Line: Mrs. Eliza R. Lyon

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.53253Catalog Number: 53253Accession Number: 27050

Object Name: terrestrial globe

Physical Description: brass (overall material)paper (overall material)mahogany (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 45.5 cm; 17 29/32 inoverall: 53 in x 39 in x 89 in; 134.62 cm x 99.06 cm x 226.06 cm


Record Id: nmah_1063095

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