Josiah Loring (1775 – ca. 1840) and Gilman Joslin, Loring’s Terrestrial Globe
Josiah Loring (1775 – ca. 1840) and Gilman Joslin
Loring’s Terrestrial Globe
Boston, manufactured by Gilman Joslin, revised by Roswell Park, 1851
Diameter 12 in.; Height 42 in.
The globe made up from two sets of 12 engraved globe gores, hand colored in outline with circular title cartouche and analemma. Brass meridian circle, original wooden papered horizon, mounted on its original elegant cast iron decorated tripod stand with original castors. Light discoloration of original varnish. Papered horizon slightly bubbled.
A fine example of a mid-19th century American floor globe from the Boston school of globe making, with its original embellished cast iron stand. Loring was a Bostonian book seller who sold the globes of William Annin/ George Smith, adopting the European style of globe but with added information from Wilkes’ expedition. He introduced the more durable and stylish cast iron stand, a considerable advancement in American design. Following Loring’s death in 1840, Gilman Joslin (1804 - 1886) another Bostonian book seller, took over the manufacture of these Annin inspired globes. The geography includes the tracks of the great navigators of the age, including Cook, Vancouver, La Perouse, and Wilkes’s US Exploring Expedition (1838-42). The Wilkes expedition was the first time that the USA had sent out a naval expedition to gather intelligence and scientific data on various parts of the world to compete with European dominance. Many of the artifacts went on to become the foundation stone of the Smithsonian Museums. Another pair of these Loring globes on cast iron stands is to be found in the DAR Museum (Daughters of the American Revolution) Washington, D.C.
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