Newton's New and Improved Terrestrial Globe; embraciing every recent discovery in the present time.
Newton's New and Improved Celestial Globe; observations of the best modern astronomers, to the beginning of the year 1820.
Approximate height 34" x 12" diameter
This pair of globes is a fine example of the Newton family’s work from the early nineteenth century, when the firm was under the direction of William Newton. The terrestrial globe reflects the most recent territorial boundaries of the United States. The Western Boundary of the United States follows the Red River northwest, as agreed upon in the Adams Onis treaty between Spain and the United States in 1819. The Pacific Northwest (“New Albion”) contains numerous Native American tribal areas, with the national boundary left undefined. This reflects the ambiguity of control in this area during this interesting period. Beginning in 1818, the United States and England agreed to jointly administer this region, deferring the resolution of their conflicting claims until the signing of the Oregon Treaty in 1846.
The stand is a fine example of the late Georgian style. The three arms holding the globes aloft feature mahogany inlay surmounted by half moons holding up the meridian. These arms rest on an attenuated urn form that connects to the tripod base, with each down swept leg terminating in delicate brass casters. Turned spindles connect the legs to a central compass covered in glass.