Celestial Globe


The cartouche reads: “JOSLIN’S / Ten-Inch / CELESTIAL GLOBE / CONTAINING / all the Stars to the fifth Magnitude, inclusive. / From the Maps of the Stars, Published by the Society / for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. / Drawn and Engraved by W. B. Annin / BOSTON -- GILMAN JOSLIN.”

This globe is supported on Joslin’s “full wood stand” with four short wooden legs, a wooden horizon circle and a brass meridian.

Gilman Joslin (1804-about 1886) worked for Josiah Loring in Boston before issuing a globe under his own name in 1839. At mid-century, Joslin’s manufactory employed three men and two women, and boasted a 3-horsepower steam engine. The women probably pasted the paper gores onto the globe balls.

William B. Annin, the artist who drew and engraved for this celestial globe, also worked for Loring.

Ref: Gilman Joslin & Son, Joslin’s Terrestrial and Celestial Globes (Boston, 1885), p. 41.

D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 100-103.

Date Made: mid 19th century

Maker: Joslin, GilmanAnnin, William B.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, BostonAssociated Place: United States: Massachusetts, Sheffield

Subject: Astronomy


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


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.330000Accession Number: 285855Catalog Number: 330000

Object Name: globe

Physical Description: brass (overall material)wood (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 10 in; 25.4 cmoverall: 14 5/8 in x 12 1/2 in; 37.1475 cm x 31.75 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d94c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1063832

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