Celestial globe

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Celestial globe

This celestial globe, the 'New British Celestial Globe', was made in 1800 by Thomas M. Bardin of London. It was retailed by J. Webb, an optician based in London's Tottenham Court Road.

Mounted on a four-legged wooden stand, the globe is made of engraved and hand-painted paper gores, covering a plaster-of-paris hollow sphere. It has a brass meridian ring. Stars are shown to the seventh magnitude.

Globes were usually produced in pairs, the terrestrial one showing the latest geographical discoveries worldwide, while the celestial one showed the latest discoveries in the heavens.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-719-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1971.232
Date: 1800
Material: Paper gores on gesso, brass meridian ring. Inscription: THE / NEW TWELVE INCH / British Celestial Globe / the exact positions of more than 3800 FIXD / STARS, Nebulae, &c accord
Dimensions: 435 mm H x 425 mm max W
Subject: 3. ASTRONOMY, Celestial globes (Departmental Classification)
Who: Dr Herschell (Inscribed on the globe)
Dr Maskelyne (Inscribed on the globe)
J. Webb (Optician) (Inscribed on the globe)
T.M. Bardin, London (Maker)
Where: England, London
England, London (Totenham Court Road)
Description: Celestial globe, on a four-legged stand, made by T.M. Bardin of London in 1800
  • Millburn, John R., Rossack, Tor E., 'Bardin Globes and their Makers' in Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society, No. 36 (1993) 
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