- 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.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- Nims & Knight
- Merriam & Moore
- place made
- United States: New York, Troy
- associated place
- United States: Maine, Damariscotta
- Physical Description
- tin (overall material)
- iron (overall material)
- wood (overall material)
- brass (overall material)
- average spatial: 24.8 cm; 9 3/4 in
- overall: 18 1/8 in x 9 in; 46.0375 cm x 22.86 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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