Antique Map Auction Sale No. 121 - closed 9/26/2007
This is a nice example of an early 20th century French terrestrial desk globe that rotates on an offset metal central axis and terminates on a brass turning knob mounted on an ornamental brass finial. The finial is attached to a 6.5" turned and ebonized wooden pillar that is attached to a 6"diameter ebonized wooden base. Twelve colorful lithograph paper gores show all place names in French. This globe is undated, but geography dates this example to around 1900-1910. Both the Philippines and Hawaii (also labeled Sandwich) are shown as U.S. possessions, following the Spanish American War of 1898. In Africa, Cape Colony, Transval, Orange and Natal shown; regions that were consolidated into the Union of South Africa in 1910. Major ocean currents are noted.