Wilson 9-Inch Terrestrial Globe


The inscription in the Pacific reads “THE / AMERICAN NINE INCH / TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, / EXHIBITING / with the greatest possible Accuracy / POSITIONS of THE PRINCIPAL / PLACES OF THE EARTH / with New Discoveries & Political Alterations / down to the present / PERIOD; / 1819. / BY J. WILSON & Co. / Albany.” This globe shows no political boundaries within the United States, but does identify Maine and Florida. Longitude is shown from London and from Washington.

The globe has a four-leg mahogany stand, a wooden horizon circle, and a brass meridian.

James Wilson (1763-1855) was America’s first commercial globe maker. He was self-taught in geography and the techniques of engraving, but his globes were accurate, beautiful, and a commercial success. Wilson made his first globes in Vermont around 1810. Working with his sons he established an “artificial globe manufactory” in Albany in 1818.

Ref: D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 135-137.

Date Made: 1819

Maker: Wilson, James

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, AlbanyAssociated Place: United States: Vermont, Perkinsville

Subject: Geography


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.328410Accession Number: 272473Catalog Number: 328410

Object Name: globe

Physical Description: mahogany (overall material)brass (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 23 cm; 9 1/16 inoverall: 13 5/8 in x 12 in; 34.6075 cm x 30.48 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-f82c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1063816

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