Jersey City: Schedler, 1868. Tabletop globe. 6 inch diameter. 12.75" tall with full iron meridian circle on cast iron stand, round base with three foliate feet. 12 chromolithographed paper gores. Cartouche set in north Pacific. Spotting and browning to gores, heavier over Asia and the Pacific.
This tabletop terrestrial globe dates to the mid-19th century and is a prime example of the work of American globe maker Joseph Schedler. In concordance with the growth of international markets and communications, the globe's oceans are crisscrossed with shipping routes and telegraph cables, drawn in black, that both follow and compete with the undulating white lines of ocean currents. The globe also evinces current geographic knowledge, with Central Africa marked red as "unexplored" and the Antarctic rendered with a partial coastline. The equatorial is graduated in degrees and the ecliptic in days, clockwise and counterclockwise. Tabletop globes were highly prized in the 19th century for both their educational and aesthetic value. The globe is in good condition with some spotting and browning to gores, heavier over Asia and the Pacific. Joseph Schedler (fl.1850-80) was a German immigrant who began producing maps and globes in the 1850s. His wide variety of table, floor, and novelty globes were for both school and home use, with some designed more elaborately than others as to fit into the aesthetics of a well-decorated parlor. His innovations in globe design and content earned him prizes at the Paris International Exhibition in 1867, the American Institute Fair in 1869, and the Vienna International Exhibition in 1873. This tabletop globe is a fine example of his work.