Catalog Archive
Auction 142, Lot 66

"[12-inch Celestial Globe] Joslin's Celestial Globe Containing all the Known Stars Nebulae &c…", Joslin & Son, Gilman

Subject: Globes

Period: 1880 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12 x 19.5 inches
30.5 x 49.5 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

This beautiful 12-inch celestial globe is composed of twelve paper gores, raised on a square wooden base and central baluster with calibrated brass half meridian. An oval title cartouche reads "JOSLIN’S/CELESTIAL GLOBE/Containing all the known Stars Nebula &c/Compiled from the Works of/Wollaston, Flamsted, De La Caille,/Havelius, Mayer, Bradley, Herschel, Maskelyne/The Transactions of the/Astronomical Society of London/&c. &c./Manufactured by Gilman Joslin & Son./Boston." A small legend provides the star magnitudes above the title cartouche. Overall height is approximately 19".

Gilman Joslin was one of America’s most prolific globe makers. He began his career as a wood turner and maker of looking glass mirrors. He later produced globes under the direction of Josiah Loring and acquired the business in 1839, first under Loring’s name and then under his own name. Joslin’s son, William B. Joslin, joined the firm in 1874 and continued the Gilman Joslin & Son operation until 1907.


Condition: C+

There is a 1" x 2" area of impact at top, just below the bearing pin and above Ursa Major. There is an attendant crack that extends 2" from the impact area across the pole. There is rubbed circular damage caused by rotation near the middle of the globe, and a few other areas with minor abrasions and associated gore loss. This attractive globe would benefit from professional restoration.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 11/28/2012