Cary's terrestrial and celestial globes

Cary's terrestrial and celestial globes
Two globes (diam. ca. 12"). Plaster with engraved paper finished with varnish. The horizon is made of wood, 6 cm wide with a mounted zodiacal paper. The meridian circle is brass. Globe is mounted on a mahogany[?] stand with a turned pedestal and three ogee legs with pad feet. A compass is inset under the junction of the legs. Compass glass and needle intact. Made by John and William Cary, London, ca. 1800-1816. Circular wreath cartouche on the terrestial globe reads: "Cary's new terrestrial globe, delineated from the best authorities extant, exhibiting the different tracks of Captain Cook and the new discoveries made by him and other circumnavigators. London. Made & sold by J. & W. Carry, Strand, Jan. 1, 18[00?]." The other globe is a celestial globe and its cartouche reads: "Cary's new celestial globe : on which are correctly laid down upwards of 3500 stars, selected from the most accurate observations and calculated for the year 1800, with the extent of each constellation precisely defined by Mr. Gilpin of the Royal Society. Made & sold by J. & W. Cary, Strand London, Jan. 1, 1800." A brief history of globes is explained in the video along with a description of the contents of David Stones' library. Stones was the owner of the Historic Hope Plantation.
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Historic Hope Plantation
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Historic Hope Plantation
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