I've referred to this globe as my "white whale" in several other posts, so many close encounters , so many missed opportunities. So lets review this particular example , lets tear it apart with a critical eye and understand this globe and it's path through history. But first my globe's back story.
I saw this globe on eBay several years ago, as a BIN. I remember the price, but suffice it to say that it was substantially " below market". I sent off a few questions regarding condition, and I waited patiently for a response, while I waited a competitor swooped in and purchased this globe They obviously had a clear understanding of the opportunity. So...... I missed out......... not one to give up easily, and with remorse setting in, I promptly contacted the eBay seller and offered them MORE money if they would just cancel the sale. So I know what your thinking, " that's a dirty trick"! Yes I'll admit not a smooth move. we needn't belabor the ethics because the seller didn't respond to my inquiry anyhow.
Fast forward more than a year, I'm having a casual email conversation with another collector, and I mention my desire for an Andrews terrestrial globe. He then mentions that he found one on eBay some time back, sure enough it was the same globe I had missed! I never mentioned it again. I was glad to know another passionate collector owned this particular globe.
It was just last week when this same collector, passed this globe to me when it came time to sell, so here it is I want to share an exceptional example of A H Andrews handiwork:
|A H Andrews 8 inch globe about 1875|
The turned wood base is my personal favorite, it was not the most expensive at the time, but in this blogger's opinion it adds to the form. Most desirable would be the tripod Gothic metal stand. My example is not a full mount globe because it is without a horizon ring, Andrews sold this globe 3 ways (good, better, and best if you will) it was sold as offset mounted ( good) or with full meridian ring ( better) or as a full mount( best) with corresponding graduations in price for the buyer. Here I have a photo from the Andrews 1885 catalog, showing their 8 inch offerings:
This particular 8 inch specimen is a wonderful example of how you hope to find a 130 plus year old globe. There are signs of use, it is not too crisp and clean, it lies in that sweet spot that I love. To restore this globe in any way would be a sin. The map is intact, there are some surface rubs, and minor abrasions, the base has some signs of having spent years in a classroom. Keep in mind that these items had a utilitarian purpose. Just a great example of A H Andrews work, the quintessential small globe. Here are a couple more pictures.
These models from Andrews have everything that got me excited about old globes in one package, art, science, and history. There's just something about the Andrews large dish mounts that are just right, the wood, brass, and paper. Everything perfectly proportioned, I love it!
I've been seriously hunting globes for a decade now, and although they turn up, Andrews globes seem to be far scarcer than those of their contemporary Gilman Joslin. I've often wondered why that is? Did Joslin sell in much higher numbers? Were Andrews globes less robust in their construction? Did Joslin focus on the home market instead of the school market, obviously affecting their survivability? As I sift through the Andrews 1885 catalog i see so many models that were sold of which I've never even seen one in museum or library collections. They are out there for sure but a decade of Internet search later and I think it's safe to say these things fall into the rare category. Knowing what I know about Andrews they were in the 1870's and 1880's a much larger operation than Joslin ever was. These globes that came out of the Andrews factory in Chicago would be some of the first of the Chicago globe makers, a group that would come to dominate globe production for the next 100 years.
|Andrews globe ( Left) Star Eraser globe ( Right)|
I hope you enjoyed seeing this globe as much as I have enjoyed sharing it. As always please do not hesitate to drop me a line via email, or to post a comment or question below.