Celestial Globe

Celestial Globe

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The cartouche reads “H. SCHEDLER’S / CELESTIAL GLOBE / (12 inch diameter) / Exhibiting all the stars visible to / the naked eye up to the sixth magnitude / H. SCHEDLER. / JERSEY CITY, N.J. / Patented Nov. 1868 / Entered according to Act of Congress.” Broken black lines represent the constellation boundaries, while the constellation figures are in red.
The globe has a three-legged wooden stand with metal braces, a metal horizon circle, and a metal meridian circle.
Joseph Schedler was a German immigrant who worked in New York and New Jersey, publishing books and globes. His globes won medals at several local and international exhibitions, and were widely used in the public schools of several American cities. His son Herman continued the business from the late 1880s until after the turn of the century. The referenced patent on this globe was #84,398 issued to Edward Weissenborn. It pertained to an “Improvement in the Construction of School Globes.”
This example was owned by Samuel Corby, an itinerant science lecturer who succeeded to the business begun by his father-in-law, Charles Came.
Ref: Schedler’s Illustrated Manual for the Use of the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes (New York and Jersey City: H. Schedler, 1889).
D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 125-127.
Currently not on view
Object Name
globe, celestial
date made
ca 1890
Schedler, Joseph
Schedler, Herman
place made
United States: New Jersey, Jersey City
overall: 46 cm x 42.1 cm; 18 1/8 in x 16 9/16 in
overall: 18 1/8 in x 16 1/2 in; 46.0375 cm x 41.91 cm
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