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A three inch Celestial Globe by Wilson's & Co. Alby. Wison, James. Albany: [1822]. (paired with) A three inch Terrestrial Globe by Wilson's & Co. Alby. Wison, James. Albany: [1822].
This pair of globes are very well engraved, showing much detail in the continents and the sky for its small size. Both globes were engraved by David Wilson, James' son, who later had brief success as a miniature painter, utilizing the same delicate engraving skills which he applied to these globes. The three inch globe was also sold in pocket form with the celestial sphere on the inside of the case and on a stand with horizon ring and brass meridian. On this turned wooden stand version, the globe is mounted horizontally, an unusual presentation. Wilson made the first globes in the United States, with 1810 his first year of production and 1850 (by Cyrus Lancaster) his last.
Cary's New Terrestrial Globe Exhibiting The Tracks and Discoveries made by Captain Cook... Cary, John; Cary, William. London: 1818.
Cary issued globes in 3.5", 9", 12" and 21" sizes starting in 1792 and added this 18" in 1816/17.. The globe is beautifully drawn with precision in a style similar to Cary's maps, lacking any ornamentation. The stand is a four leg table type, with horizon ring.
J. Schedler's Terrestrial Globe, 6 inches Diameter. Schedler, Joseph. Jersey City: 1868
The globe is stored in a cylindrical box, which also serves as a stand for the globe. Alaska is part of the U.S., indicating that the globe was up to date. One of the first globes to use gores produced by lithography.
Loring's Terrestrial Globe containing all the Late Discoveries and Geographical Improvements. Loring, Josiah. Boston: 1833.
Accompanied by the 12" celestial globe of 1833. Both the terrestrial and celestial were copied (with credit given) from C. Smith's English globes. These two globes were commended by the Judges at the 1833 fair of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.
A New Globe of the Earth. Cushee, Richard. London: 1731
3 inch diameter pocket globe in black fishskin case lined with colored celestial gores. California is shown as an island, and eastern Australia is not mapped. A very early example of a pocket globe.
Joslin's Six Inch Terrestrial Globe, Containing the Latest Discoveries. Joslin, Gilman. Boston: 1851
The globe has been updated to include showing California, Utah and New Mexico as part of the United States (only by color, the engraving unchanged).

Today we think of old globes as decorative antiques, but in their day they were practical scientific tools used for teaching and study. A possible exception to this were the very small three inch globes which were created more for novelty and decoration. Globes appeared in schools, businesses, and homes. The early globes were covered with paper engraved gores, generally twelve to a globe, hand colored. Later globes were printed on plastic, cloth, or metal.