A very fine pair of late 18th century table globes in exceptional condition, the terrestrial and celestial globes each raised on carved mahogany tripod stands with spiral knop on the stem, above down-curving supports joined by brass stretchers with their original compasses; the printed globes both signed and dated 'C. Smith & Son, 172 Strand, London 1841'.
The tripod stands circa 1780
The globes re-papered in 1841 and brought up to this date as was customary.
Shown on modern concave mahogany plinths.
The Smith family of London globe makers, founded in 1799, produced a variety of floor and table models of globes throughout the 19th century. Charles Smith was joined in business by his son in 1845. According to the cartouche of Smith globes, they were made by J. Smith, and sold by C. Smith, 172 Strand, where they were in operation from 1827 to 1852.
Smith's TERRESTRIAL GLOBE containing the whole of the LATEST DISCOVERIES and GEOGRAPHICAL IMPROVEMENTS also the tracks of the most celebrated circumnavigators. LONDON C. Smith & Son, 172 Strand. 1841
Smith's CELESTIAL GLOBE containing all the known Stars, Nebulae &c. Compiled from the Works of WOLLASTON, FLAMSTED, DE LA CAILI, HAVELIUS, MAYER, BRADLEY, HERSCHEL, MASKELYNE. The Transactions of the ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of LONDON &c, &c. C. Smith & Son. 172. STRAND.
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