Newton & Berry's new terrestrial globe

Collection: Smith Collection

Name: Newton & Berry's new terrestrial globe


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Diameter: 3.8

Brief Description: Please click on the link to view the interactive 3D photogrammetry view of Newton and Berry's 1831 pocket globe.

Physical Description: 1.5" diam

Historical Context: William Newton and Miles Berry, like most English globe makers, worked out of a shop in London. William took over the shop after his father, John Newton, founded the firm. When William passed, his son, too, continued the business, and so did generations after him. The family business' highest achievement was their manuscript globe, six feet in diameter, which won them a prize medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851. This tiny little pocket globe comes in a wooden case that doubles as a stand. The continents are outlined in colored shadows, as if they float above the globe. On its own, this globe would be difficult to use for real scientific purpose, and it only really served as an object of inspiration and showing off one's interest in the science of geography. Some pocket globes, like this one, could also be used in making orreries or planetariums that show the movements of the solar system.

Notes: Pocket globe

Accession Number: SM-1831-29


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