Harris & Son’s Regency Pocket Globe


A terrestrial pocket globe with celestial gores, possibly my favourite thing in the whole shop [Pinda]

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7 cm/2.75 inches [globe diameter]

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A terrestrial pocket globe, diameter 7 cm, papier mâché with plaster coating, twelve engraved paper gores with original hand colour, varnished, a little rubbed in a couple of places, title in plain cartouche, with tracks for Anson’s circumnavigation of 1740-44 and Cook’s first voyage of 1768-71, metal pinions, housed in original wood case, covered in pebbled calf to simulate shagreen, cracked with old repair and slightly warped, retaining all three original brass clasps, interior lined with green-coloured celestial gores.

Thomas Harris and his son, William, operated primarily as opticians and makers of scientific instruments at various London addresses; they were at 30 Hyde Street, Bloomsbury between 1812-17. They do not appear to have been prolific manufacturers of globes, and probably applied their own imprint to earlier gores, especially given the dates of the voyages shown.