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This is an exceptional Art Nouveau styled Hammond's 12 inch Terrestrial Globe by C.S. Hammond & Co.

This piece harkens back to a different era. World War I had ended 6 years earlier, and the roaring 20's were underway. This piece shows worldly elegance, and decorative flourishes that would dim during the great depression five years later.

The magnificent piece measures 20 inches from top to bottom. The bronze base is a beautifully detailed art deco plant form design complete with detailed claw feet. The globe itself has an rich amber patina and displays full analemma and seasonal isotherms as well as principal steamship routes and transcontinental railways.

The piece is heavy and solidly built. The base has oxidized over the years and has some surface scratches but its beautifully crafted decorative elements remain in perfect condition. The pasteboard globe has fading throughout and soiling, scratches, and minimal paper loss in several portions. There is compression damage in the Atlantic Ocean East of the West Indies, and significant paper loss at the Northern tip of Russia and the Arctic Ocean and along the South Pole.

The blemishes noted above do not detract from the quality and uniqueness of the piece. Given its nearly 90 year age, the globe is in very good condition. The geopolitical details are crisp and complete, and the piece is unlike anything produced in a different period.

The globe shares the geopolitical complexity of 1928. What is now Iran is Persia, Constantinople still exists, Leningrad has recently been named following the death of the communist revolutionary, and nearly all of Africa is a colonial territory including French West Africa, French Equatorial Africa, Belgian Congo and Anglo-Egyptian Sudan.

C.S Hammond & Co.
New York

Exceptional Art Nouveau Claw Foot Terrestrial Globe - Circa 1928


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: bronze, paper, pasteboard
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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