I discovered this gem in an auction filled with many vintage tin toys, so it's previous owner was obviously a toy collector. Now it's at home in a globe collection. I am probably not going to seek many more tin globes out. It's not necessarily " my thing" but I also think that any representative collection of American globe making needs one or two good examples .
I purchased this globe at a Morphy auction in Las Vegas. I had never bid on an item with Morphy but they are part of a new breed of quasi traditional yet heavily Internet integrated auction houses that I want to discuss in a separate post; there is a whole different tact one must take to be successful bidding and buying at these type of auctions. A much less straightforward process, and a process defiantly designed to spark " auction fever" a disease I've had in the past.......
So......What could have knocked this little globe out of the park.............well what if this globe were still in it's original box.....? That would elevate this little gem from great to extraordinary!
Oh here's the box........
how rare is that!!
This globe came my way after not having purchased anything globe related in over 6 months. Not for a lack of trying. There have been several great globes come and go that, as a collector I have tried to add to my collection but for a variety of reasons just could not close a deal. Finding this little gem was an exercise in networking, educating myself, and casting a wide net in my search. Not the "find of a lifetime" but for what its is a great little score.
I'm always fascinated by the search for globes and globe related items I probably spend far more time searching than a lot of collectors, but I LOVE it!!
With that said if you have an old globe in great condition especially Andrews, Holbrook, Weber Costello, or Joslin, I want to hear from you. I am interested in globes from these manufactures and would love it if you contacted me if you have a globe for sale!