|Charles Smith — Smith’s Terrestrial Globe and Smith’s Celestial Globe|
|Smith’s Terrestrial Globe and Smith’s Celestial Globe
Charles Smith and Son
Published: London ca. 1825
Dimensions: Height (in stand) 43 in.; diameter 24 in.
Smith’s Stunning Globe Pair
Smith's terrestrial contains the courses of the “most celebrated circumnavigators” and the celestial globe contains all the principal stars as calculated and detailed in the works of Wollaston, Flamsted, De La Caille, Havelius, Mayer, Bradley, Herschel, Maskelyne, and the Transition of the Astronomical Society of London.
The globes are constructed of hollow papier-mache hemispheres which join along the equator and are covered with several thin layers of gesso plaster. Onto which are laid the hand-colored copperplate engraving gores on laid paper. Each sphere is placed in a fine mahogany tripod stand, at the top of which is the horizon ring encircling the circumference of each globe; horizon rings both with laid down printed paper displaying the months of the year and the signs of the Zodiac. The meridian rings are brass, engraved with longitude markings. The mahogany stands terminate in brass shoes and casters surrounding a central compass.