W & A K JOHNSTON for NYSTROM 8 inch terrestrial globe, circa 1927

This striking table globe was produced by W & A K Johnston of Edinburgh for distribution by their fellow globe makers and sole US agents A J Nystrom in Chicago. It can be dated to circa 1927 as Petrograd has become Leningrad (1924), Christiania has become Oslo (1925), but Central Australia is not shown (1927-31) and Peking is not yet Peiping (from 1928).

The globe is constructed from a heavy pasteboard and plaster sphere, overlaid with 12 hand-applied paper gores. It is mounted on a cantilevered axis, extending from a cast iron tripod base. The base and mount, which are electro-copper plated to mimic bronze, combine elements of Art Nouveau styling with classical raised foliate decoration and lion's paw feet.

The map colours remain rich under the age-darkened varnish; the oceans, which were presumably once blue, have taken on an attractive greenish hue. There is extensive spotting with areas of scuffing and minor loss, but the map remains legible for the most part. There is an area of major rubbing around the Antarctic where the globe had at one time been in contact with the mount. This has at some time been repaired and is not visible from normal viewing angles.

The map has been carefully cleaned and nicks and abrasions have been lightly restored. The area of damage around the Antarctic has been stabilised (pictured). The base has been cleaned and is in excellent, bright condition. Despite its obvious signs of age, the globe has an exceptionally warm and appealing look and displays very well.

Diameter 8 inches (203mm); overall height 350mm. Weight 1.4kg

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