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Friday, March 28, 2025

Welcome to a blog about collecting Antique terrestrial, and celestial globes


     A lot of people I know who collect anything or who are passionate about a hobby usually get started by accident ( someone buys them a gift, or they stumble upon an object in an antique store) or they start collecting because they know of another collector or are exposed to it at some point IE your dad collected xyz so now you are interested.
     I think collecting globes is an accidental hobby, at least it was for me I doubt too many people know a globe collector, they are rarely displayed in museum or gallery settings, so exposure to another collector is rare. In fact I have only face to face met a handful of other collectors in over a decade.
Art, sculpture, science, 1870's  AH Andrews
     So as I sit and write I think if there are only 50 people around who seriously collect globes than why blog at all. Well I'll answer my own question ( I'll probably do that a lot) I think globe collecting is in it's infancy. It is certainly not popular like some collecting genres. I think there are a lot of reasons for this there certainly are barriers to entry, old globes are hard to find, most antique dealers have none, in fact I visit a huge antique mall in Rochester NY fairly often and I see few if any globes and the few I see are either too beat up or too new to interest me. They take up a lot of space, after you buy your 3rd globe you will realize one of 2 things either  1. I need to change my decorating to include globes, or  2. I need to devote a whole room to my collection; many people will do neither of these things and will not pursue the hobby.
     So then why collect globes?  For me the answer is as simple as Art , Science, and History.  I love all three to varying degrees and an old globe has the potential to offer all three.    Antique globes were created at a time and with materials that are just not as commonly used today. Wood, plaster, brass, paper.  Common materials employed for their durability, built to last.  Craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. 
     As a collector my goal is to assemble a representative collection that spans a century and a half of globe production in America from 1811 until about 1950.  Won't you join me on this quest, read on and we can learn from each other.  Scroll through my posts, 120 and counting, 5 years worth, they start with the most recent and keep reading, and exploring! 
     Just two rules............1. don't be afraid to contact me, either in post, or via email, and 2. Let's have a bit of fun along the way.......


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Spring cleaning

The old drafting table I use to display gets a full
once over as well
     Every spring,  and usually in the fall, I tear apart my globe room and clean,  clean,  clean.   I use this opportunity to dust all those hard to reach places, clean the windows, etc.   You know all the jobs you dread .     This also gives me a chance to inspect my globes one by one.  I look for dust and buildup primarily, but I also get a chance to inspect for anything else that might befall a collection that remains stationary 364.5 days of the year.







     The whole experience takes a few hours,  we don't have pets so I'm safe from the chance damage a curious pooch or a climbing kitty might cause.    I actually look forward to my cleaning days, it's a chance to commune with my collection, I'm surprisingly hands off most of the time.


Globes get scattered about, I pick a day when the
kids are in school, better safe than sorry

I want to mention that all of these pictures are on the dark side because I take great pains to keep a low light environment.  I use 3M window film to block UV light.  And I use LED lighting to minimize any indoor UV exposure,  this is just what museums are doing to keep their collections safe, besides it saves electricity and that's a good thing. 










I stage each globe for a more thorough cleaning


















Everything back safe and sound, those windows are
BTW completely blacked out.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Globe mounting styles explained

     I've had a couple questions lately that got me thinking about the terms used to describe globes and one area I think could use some clarity is that of globe mounting styles.
     A globe mount is simply how a globe is attached to a base so that it can spin.  If you boil it down there are really 3 types of globe mounts.   1. Offset, or simple mount  2. Meridian mount,  3. Full mount.  I want to explain in words and pictures examples of each, so let's get started.


Offset, or simple mount
1.  Offset or simple mounted globe:   This is a globe that is affixed to a base either upright or canted at 23.5 degrees with no metal ring surrounding it( meridian ring) and no horizon band .  It is a stand and a globe.  It was popular for inexpensive school globes because they were the least costly to produce as well as the least expensive to purchase.  After WW2 they started a steady decline in popularity.  Here are a few examples.



 
1/2 meridian
full meridian
  2.  Meridian mounted globe:   This style globe is very popular today,  but it's been manufactured for a couple hundred years in the US .   This is a globe mounted on a base with either a full meridian or 1/2 meridian usually made of metal and usually with graduations in degrees marked out.    Most new globes sold today have at least a 1/2 meridian .   Many full meridian globes, also rest in a metal cradle or fork that holds the globe and allows it to be adjusted to any position and then secured via a "set" screw, here are some examples of this style

Full mount globe
3. Full mount : A full mount globe has a full meridian, as well as a horizon band ( commonly made of wood) that encircles the globe at a 90 degree angle to the meridian.   It is considered the most complete mount, it is the most traditional mounting style, and historically was by far the most common way globes were produced up until the mid point of the 19th century,  they are still made and sold today.  They are because of the materials involved the most expensive globes to produce.

     Just as then, today collectors can find all styles, and plenty of variations of these 3 main styles for sale, and just as then sometimes the price of a vintage globe is influenced by it's mounting style.  All other things being equal I would expect to pay about 20% more for a globe in full meridian and an additional 20% premium for a fully mounted globe.
     For example if you were to find a nice 8 inch Weber Costello globe with claw foot base in the simple mount I'd expect the price to be $250-$400 based on condition( at auction).  If this same globe, same condition were in a full meridian, I would expect $300- $500.  And If this globe came up at auction in it's full mount variant ( the most rare) I would expect to pay somewhere in the $400- $650 price range.  Again this is a very rough guide but I want to illustrate how the globe mount will affect value.

Happy Hunting......

Friday, April 26, 2019

1940's C S Hammond celestial globe, and an eBay adventure

     As some of you will know, I'm on eBay every day checking for items that in my mind hit that sweet spot of condition, age and rarity .  Bonus points if this item can be had at a great price!
     This past Saturday I hit the trifecta.  I found a C S Hammond's celestial globe listed in the antique map section,  not the sub section of globes but in the broader map category, it was listed with a fair description and less than great pictures,  several of those pictures seemed to highlight damage to the globe, but more on that later,  heres what I found:
1940's CS Hammond celestial glob

     This globe came my way via a BIN style listing on eBay.  Free shipping was included in the listing price.  The price was such that even with the apparent flaws I had no qualms buying this globe.  So what is it?   This globe is a collaboration between CS Hammond of NY and Denoyer Geppert of Chicago.  The orb is from Hammond's and the base and mounting is from Geppert.    This is a 12 inch globe certainly meant for a school setting.  Unlike many other celestial globes this one is no nonsense.  It is a tool for study, it is not decorated with zodiac creatures in the background, it is simply constellations , with no adornments.  It sits in a forked meridian which allows it to be rotated easily in any direction. The base has a swivel feature that allows the meridian to spin independently of the orb.   The base is a simple hammertone painted metal; sturdy and functional, again not necessarily decorative.  It definitely  has the "look" of the late 1930's or 1940's .  A completely functional celestial globe for schools.
Actual Denoyer Geppert Ad, 1952
     Now I mentioned something about an eBay adventure,   First I want to mention a few things about this globe, and how it was originally sold.  It came in 3 styles a simple offset mount, with no meridian,  this style with a moveable meridian , and finally a fully mounted version with a wooden horizon band,  This globe was also available as a 16 inch version, in all 3 mounting styles.  Now I'm unclear if Just Denoyer Geppert sold this item or if Hammond's also sold this globe. Further research will have to be done.
      As It sits this globe is in exceptional preservation , just a hint of wear on the base as well as on the orb, but not much.  This is exactly as I like to add items to my collection.   That's certainly why I only seem to add one or two new things a year on average, I seem to turn down 99 out of 100 old globes that I consider.
     So, on to my eBay adventure.    I saw this globe during a search, and the pictures were dim, and a bit out of focus.  They also highlighted some issues,  mainly a disfiguring piece of masking taps across the base, as well as some white residue in several spots on the globe orb.  Here are pictures from the listing.


     These two pictures are representative of what I was looking at in the listing.  See the base must have had something written in masking tape and I'm still not sure what this white residue was on the orb itself.  Now normally I would pass by such a globe, but I was feeling uncharacteristically daring.  I knew a few tricks I was willing to try to remove the tape, and I thought I might also be able to remove the white stuff also.    So I bought the thing, and FedEx dropped it off at 8:30 this morning.   Right out of the box I figured I better tackle the tape, or else I'd just re-list the thing.   This type of hammered finish paint was common in the 1930's and 40's and I had encountered it before on other collectibles.  The key to removing the adhesive and not the paint was a 12 and 1/2 mix of canola oil and baking soda .  I made a paste and applied,  waited 30 minutes, and repeated.  It took about 4 applications but sure enough the base came out looking almost new.  
This picture shows the base, all cleaned up, and also in a much better light than the eBay pictures,  I tell ya.... If I had a buck for every eBay auction I've seen with lousy pictures......   In this day and age how hard is it to take a decent picture?
      OK, I digress,  back to the topic at hand,  the white stuff, was on 4-5 different places on the orb, and I was very fortunate that a product called Absorene which is a rubber like putty was able to lift every last spot and bring the orb back to life.   All in all I spent about 2 hours working on this globe and the final results are wonderful.  
     This now becomes one of the newest globes in my collection,  but I've always been drawn to this model of celestial globe.  For one thing it was sold at a time when most globe manufactures in the USA had ceased production of celestial globes, Rand Mcnally still made them, and theirs were still decorative objects.  This model seems destined for many an astronomy classroom to be studied and worked with as a tool ,  science first, art ..... well not even thought of.    That's kinda what Denoyer Gepppert globes are all about, a no nonsense approach ,   a focus on the education market.   Very little attempt to sell to households.   The Americanized celestial globe if you will.
 
Elegant in its simplicity. 

      One final thing,  on the underside of the base some writing was found that explained a lot about this globe.   One word said simply " GS Library"   so this globe lived in some sort of library probably a school library not a public library. Also written were the words. " Discarded 4-85". I believe that this meant that the aforementioned library sold or gave this globe away in April 1985.  So this globe served it's purpose for nearly 40 years before being moved along.   That probably explains why it has remained in such nice shape, it was institutionally owned, then some employee probably took it home and it sat there for the next 30 years until their estate sale.........then through the antiques chain to me.

Happy hunting.....






















Thursday, April 4, 2019

Trippensee planetarium..... round 2

      If you read this blog you'll know I've been long fascinated with the Trippensee planetariums.   A while back, I was able to find a very nice planetarium and I wrote about it extensively.
I'm back to talk about a second acquisition.  This being a decidedly newer version of the classic Planetarium design.
   
Trippensee planetarium 1963

     Now many of you are familiar with this item, it's not necessarily rare, but it's certainly uncommon.  This style of Trippensee was manufactured just after WW2 until about 1965, in 1965 the metal gears were swapped out for a black plastic gear assembly.  So this device still shares a bit of heritage with it's decades older sibling.  It has also not been electrified.    More commonly found on the market are planetariums from the 1960's that have an electric motor that rotates the device, and a lightbulb in the sun that casts " sunlight" on the planets.   As a collector personally this is the newest Trippensee that I   would consider collecting.   These planetariums are date stamped on the underside this one is stamped 1963.  
      Let's talk condition, as you know I'm a condition nut!  When I look at buying something to add to my collection I am only interested in the best condition I can afford.  I saw this particular item on an auction site and I scrutinized it's condition for a long time, I asked questions and also asked for extra close up pictures to verify what was being offered.   These planetariums in my opinion should only be considered for purchase if they are complete, fully functioning, and all parts are clean, and pristine.  This planetarium fit the bill, the globe was near flawless, the bakelite and gears were just right.   Notice that the chains and metal pieces are clean, no rust, no dirt buildup, as well as being a mellow dull ,  that's what you want to see, that peans most likely no replacement parts.  Oh of course the compass is intact and functioning.  DO NOT buy this model with missing parts, especially the globe, they are impossible to find. It's just not worth it.
      Now, lets talk about what you should expect to pay for a crisp, clean proper example of this type of planetarium.   I saw one of these once at Heart of Ohio Antiques priced at $1200,  I bet it's still there because it is AT LEAST double what the market is bearing right now.  At auction or on eBay expect to find a nice example at $350-$550.  Two years ago I would have said something $200 higher but it seems some of the wind has come out of the sails.
Left 1963,    right 1927
 A fresh update:  I was thumbing through a  1952 Denoyer Geppert catalog I just acquired , and I came across an advertisement for the Trippensee Planetarium,  I found it interesting that the ad mentions brass construction, and the picture, while certainly not definitive suggests a brass and lacquered wood construction.  Now I've always assumed that the red bakelite models started production after WW2 but perhaps they held onto the older version into the very early 1950's.  Additionally a new electrified model at $172 more than double is offered! More research will have to happen,  here is the ad, from 1952:
1952 Trippensee ad

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Things that make you go humm.......

      It's no secret that I watch eBay everyday,  like a lot of you I'm sure.  Every once in a while I will see a sale that just confuses me.   This is the tale of just such an item.
A piece from a 1960ish Trippensee
     In this picture you'll see a broken piece from a early 1960's Trippensee planetarium.  The moon is gone, the metal is starting to corrode, and the globe is OK, but certainly has some finish issues.   Lately whole working examples of these planetariums have been selling at the $400 level,  down from $6-800 just 2 years ago.  So why then did this piece generate excitement up to $280 plus shipping, so let's say $300?
     I know auctions, I understand auction fever ,  but there were 4 seasoned bidders that took this thing up, up, up,  to a seeming dizzying height.   Now certainly if you own a Trippensee with a badly damaged globe you MIGHT be interested in this for a swap,  I guess that has to be it,  but then why not wait for a whole one, at say $400 swap out the globes then re-list and capture most of your money back?  If your savvy enough to search out the missing part then surely you are going to think of this?
      I better end here I don't want to sound like I'm a ranting lunatic,  but this auction made me feel like I was in one of those twilight zone episodes where the guy is normal and the whole world went crazy..............

P.S.  if you were in on the bidding, either the winner or an under bidder, I'd love some insight,  please send me an email at ktl340@aol.com.



Monday, February 18, 2019

Price softness in the globe market, Is this the new normal?

     For many years the GENERAL antique market has been slumping.  Yes there have been pockets of strength, such as Mid century items, and to a certain extent maps and globes,  really scientific antiques in general have held up fairly well.  Is that changing?  If so why?
      I have long been of the understanding that many people of a certain age let's say 30-50 are not as engaged in the antiques market as their parents or grandparents were when they were a similar age.  I have long believed the trend towards the modern has played a role. Many have studied this trend so I certainly won't belabor the point.
       So let's look at some examples of what I'm calling softness.
Wilson 13 inch globe, restored
     Here I'm showing what appears to be a pretty nice James Wilson globe, sold at auction just this past January.  Now yes it beat the estimate.  However  This is a nice example of a Wilson globe, in a nice restored condition, the restoration looks to be done very well, and the overall presentation is very nice.  I was thinking in my mind that this thing would touch $3000,  but with buyers premium it only made $1900.   Frankly I wish I had been the winning bidder I think that's quite reasonable for such an example of James Wilson's work.     A few years ago I think I might have been right about the price,  This makes me think things have softened.
A $500 Wilson celestial globe!









     Here is another Wilson globe from the same January auction,  this time a celestial globe from Wilson, granted it is not restored  but surely this is better than a $500 globe?    Yes a proper restoration is desirable, but all of the ingredients are there for a spectacular final result.   Now I'll admit that auction prices can be hugely variable, location, advertising, prestige of venue will all play a part in the end result.  That doesn't excuse the $500 price fail that was this Wilson, it just should have done better.   I can't help but think that we are in a "new normal" when it comes to globe prices for the moment.

The $200 18 inch desk globe
     Let me show another example of what I'm perceiving as price softness.  Here I have a recent eBay auction for a Rand McNally 18 inch desk globe.   Now, 18 inch desk globes are not common objects.  They were sold mostly to colleges, libraries, and similar institutions.  they have a special gravitas due to their size, and for the collector who can handle one they are very desirable.
     You can argue that this particular example is not as desirable because of the style of mount, or the base,  some people do not care for this style orb that Rand McNally produced during the 1920-1930 time period,  perhaps it is a bit fugly.
      I saw this globe initially listed at $1500,  a week later I saw best offer added,  finally I saw a plain auction with no reserve.   It ended just north of $200.  I did bid, but not seriously,   I'm interested in owning a nice 18 inch table globe, but this one was not the one for me.  Was that the problem for other bidders as well?   In another time and place I have to believe that condition and scarcity alone should have propelled this globe to $500, even $700.  Am I missing something?
      I can't help but think that not long ago these 3 globes would have all brought significantly more at auction than they did at this time.   Are all antiques in a slump? I think they are generally, I also think that for a while at least globes were faring better than most.
     The top of ant collectible category, that top 10% of desirability will always hold firm,  so too will the bottom 1/2 of the market, a $100 globe might be $80 today, or $110 tomorrow, but I'm wondering about the middle 1/3 of the market,  globes priced from $500-$5000.   Are they going soft?   Is the $2000 globe of 2016. now the $900 globe of 2019?    I think I'm going to watch the market carefully over the next 6-12 months it's really the only way to know where this market is at.
      Now I'm in this for the long haul,  I'll be surfing the web for globes from my nursing home!  So I'm not buying for profit, so I'm looking at this as an opportunity to add something to my collection that might have been previously out of reach.
     As always I'd love to hear your comments, or discussion,  please don't hesitate to drop me a line, and please don't hesitate to offer me something great for sale, at a soft price!










Saturday, January 5, 2019

An unusual machine age globe clock by Kermit Bishop

     I want to share with you an unusual find.   This is a small globe clock that I have acquired after several years of patiently waiting.    This unusual little device is a clock, with cartography by Kermit Bishop.  The mystery begins there as there are no manufacture markings of any kind on the globe, or base.  In 10 years of diligence I've seen a total of two examples of this clock,  this one and one other that sold on 1st dibs some years back.
Kermit Bishop globe clock?
     Now, this clock stands a little over  6 inches in height, with an approximately 5 inch globe.   The geography seems to point to a late 1930's creation, Iran instead of Persia, and Germany has extended it's boarders in Europe.  The butterscotch Bakelite base and aluminum stand also seem to lend credence to a pre war creation.
     The clock works by rotating a numbered band in relation to a stationary pointer,  the yellow 12 numbers for AM and the dark 12 numbers for PM,  or the reverse if you desire I suppose, but in any event one revolution per day.    You can adjust the globe and the pointer to align with whatever geography you want to display.  The band moves to tell time the globe is stationary.  
     So let me tell the story behind the acquisition of this little gem.   About 3 years ago this exact globe clock hit eBay.  I was immediately drawn to it, but my research could teach me little or nothing that the description did not cover.  The machine age design appealed to me.  A fellow collector also had this item in their sights, so sensing a needless rivalry I backed off, knowing that if later sold I would have first crack. 
     The auction ended with my friend as the winner,  then 3 years passed, I pestered this collector over the years not to buy but rather to allow me the chance to write about the object here.  They never sent any pictures so I never wrote about it.   Then a few months back the item comes up for sale and indeed I have a chance to own it.  
      What I love is that it might just bee the rarest silver ocean globe around.  It is rather stunning in person, retaining an almost metallic glow.  The Bakelite, and aluminum just add to the package , they just have the look, that antique modern look that came and went in the 1930's.  This item is in really nice shape, the globe and metal band show just the slightest nuance of wear.  The aluminum is a bit scuffed but I'm sure that's just a polish issue.  Marked on the bottom is a note from a clock repair stating that it was tuned and oiled in 1978.    The cord is probably replaced,  not a bad thing.  All in all probably an 8/10. certainly collection worthy.
      Now here's the mystery,   Kermit Bishop worked for the Ohio Art company at the time of this objects creation, but I can't find any reference to a clock being manufactured by that company.  Did Ohio Art make this clock?  Did another manufacturer make the clock and Ohio Art provide just the globe?  If anyone out there has some insight into this clock, I'd love to hear from you.  Or if you happen to also own one of these just drop me a line.
     As always lets discuss this or any other globe related topics in the comments section below!


Happy hunting........


Monday, November 19, 2018

A fresh peek at my own collection

     It's been nearly 5 years since I started blogging about the hobby of collecting globes.  As I look back I think about how.  I've changed as a collector, and how my collection has changed.  In this post I want to share some pictures of my globes in situ so to speak.  How I display things, how I control the environment etc.    I'm providing fresh up to date pictures of the day to day life of my personal collection.
     Most people that set foot in my home never even realize that I'm collecting anything.  I try to keep my collection separate from view and the rest of my active family.  I'm a realist, I've got 2 young kids, and with them comes friends and play dates, and casual drop ins that if my collection were dispersed through the house would pose too great a risk for breakage.   I reserve a space roughly 24 by 14 that is devoted to my various collections. Close one door and everything disappears.
       Within this space I control 3 atmospheric variables, heat, humidity, and light.   I generally keep things cool, dry and dark.  In a previous post I talked at length about protective window film. Within this room every window is covered with a film that blocks UVA and UVB rays.  even on the sunniest of days I find myself turning on a light to read  in this space.  The great thing about the film is that it is easily repaired, and resile reversed should I ever sell this home in the future.   Humidity is kept in a range from neutral to low, I never allow things to get humid.  Paper based objects and humidity never mix well.  As for temperature ,  well all I can say is bring a sweater!  Its 65-68 from September through May and in summer when I air condition it creeps all the way up to 71 or so.  I try for a very narrow temperature band.   I once visited the map room at the Library of Congress, it was a blistering 90+ degree July day in D.C.   however  the map room must've been about 62,  the librarian was in a turtleneck!
     The bulk of my collection resides in a space dominated by a great 1920's Eugene Dietzgen drafting table.  I love the wood and metal design, I think it compliments my globes nicely. My Andrews celestial globe rests confidently on a lovely Kalo typewriter table, another industrial relic from a bygone time in America.  Pay no mind to the three windows behind the globe display,  those have been blacked out with insulating panels that render them completely light omitting.  Again  this is an easily reversible modification.  The shades just hide the panels and you forget they are even there.  I have 25-30 globes at any given time, not a huge number, smaller than many think I own.  This is because lately I've been trying to slowly upgrade my collection, selling items acquired 5-10 years ago and replacing them with better examples as they become available.  My collection is currently split evenly between the 19th and 20th century, but as time goes on I can see this split favoring the older globes more and more.
      In another area of the space I have an antique display cabinet that houses a few of my smallest treasures, and next to it is a well preserved Joslin orb that serves as a focal point to the room.   I do out of habit keep this globe dust covered most of the time.  The quietest room in the house, I spend many an hour back here reading or working in relative solitude.
  One thing I currently do not have in my collection is a fairly large globe, in fact the largest orb I own is 16 inches.  I've come close more than once to adding a nice 18 inch orb but I'm space limited and I just have not found the one perfect addition in that size category yet.
     I've noticed this past year has been a rather slow one for new acquisitions.  I've had great luck adding to my collection of globe related books, catalogs and the like but I have purchased exactly one new globe.  Some years are like that I've noticed good things seem to come in waves.  The hunting happens daily but I wonder if I've become too picky.  I've actually sold more globes than I've purchased this past year, that's unusual.
     As always on this blog I welcome questions, comments, and discussion.  If you have something that you want to part with that is in nice original condition then please contact me. Im always in the hunt.
     
   

Friday, November 16, 2018

Summer 2018 0n the antiques trail, a retrospective part 1..

     To anyone who has been reading this blog for a while, knows I love hunting antiques the old fashioned way.  That is out on the open road.  This summer took me through New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and into Rhode Island.    A separate trip took me through Pennsylvania, and Ohio.   I probably spent 2 weeks on the road in towns large and small hunting for those elusive needles in the haystacks.
     Every year my travels take me through Ohio,  just west of Columbus on I-70 is one of the largest indoor antique venues in the country.  The Heart of Ohio Antiques center. is one of those mega malls that I have a love hate relationship with.  On one hand it's a huge venue, in this case it takes hours to cover properly.  On the other hand we all know that the dealers pick the hell out of places like this.  I don't blame them, I would too.  Also these malls must cater to the casual buyer, so 90%of everything is priced with the casual buyer in mind.  We dear readers are not casual buyers, we are superior, we are specialists, we've done the research, we've put in the time to know good from bad, etc...etc...etc...  So that said, I can't help myself, I have to stop, it's just too big. It also gives me a chance between other more specialized antiques shows to see what's going on, to get a broad feel for things in the antique world.  As for the globes to be found.  They fit 2 categories, overpriced, or tragic,  or god forbid both!  a couple pictures will show you what I mean.  I will remark that in an earlier post I did see an exceptional 1959 Tripppensee tellurian at this mall, but it was embarrassingly high priced.  So good things can show up, but you can't buy them...ha...



     Further south in Ohio, I love to visit a similar, but very different place in Cincinnati called Ohio Valley Antique mall.  This mall is Cincinnati's largest, and it seems that the dealer quality is a step above the other mall.  I NEVER miss this stop when I'm in the area.  I've never purchased a globe here but I never leave empty handed, in fact some of my biggest regrets came from this place and Items I'm kicking myself for not buying.  This handmade barber pole was calling my name , and for very short money, but for whatever reason I passed, it's such an authentic, real piece of America, how could I have let it go.......A lesson learned.  I'll share one more pic, every year around back to school they setup a " classroom" pulling antiques and vintage from around their complex, it always prominently features globes, I love it.
   
 Generally the second week of August every year in Upstate NY just south of Syracuse is a very nice outdoor show The Madison-Bouckville antiques week is what I like to refer to as Brimfield lite.  It is a setup that mimics it's larger cousin in that there are really a collection of show fields that open different days/ times.  I live 3 hours away from this show so it's just a convenient thing to do.  This show is 50% antiques 50% junk, and 50% other...... This is a show that will draw dealers from most of the neighboring states, so there are a lot of good things to see,  I prefer visiting late week on Thursday to beat the weekend crowd.   I saw a spectacular globe at this show this year and I'll share the picture.  A Weber Costello 18 inch floor globe, from about 1920.  It was in nice shape, and was all original, and was by far the nicest thing this particular dealer had on offer.    Once in a while a dealer will obtain an item that punches above their weight class, this is one of those times.   What do I mean by this, well if your a dealer who specializes in one thing or one price range and you find yourself with an item that is way out of your normal zone of operation then you are out of your element.  Two things generally happen, you under price your item and it's scooped up so fast your head spins.  If this happens to you once or twice as ca dealer, you will react by overpricing the next time you get a great item.  This was the case in Bouckville this summer.   I wanted this globe, I was excited to see it.  I almost fainted at the price,  you see the dealer had done some " research" and had arrived at a price that would make dealers on Madison Ave blush.  However we were not on Madison ave, we were in a cow pasture in Madison NY,   I can see how he might have been confused.   Anyhow I whipped out my phone and discovered 2 recent auction results for similar globes.  I showed them to him, but predictably faced with this truth that didn't fit his mental narrative he dug his heels in.   I left my card, and hope to hear back........no not really, this guy's going to loose money before he sells to me.... oh well it was/is a great globe.    The hunt continues.

     In part 2 of my summer recap we will go into New England, and visit some stand alone shops, as well as pay a visit to the legendary Brimfield show......more great globes to come....