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Globe, Germany, c. 1860 3D Model
Globe/C. Abel – Klinger, Publisher/Nuremberg, Germany, Europe/Circa 1860. The mid 19th century was a time of rapidly expanding knowledge of the world, and educated people thought it necessary to have a globe in their home, both to follow the news and teach their children. In Germany, Johann Georg Klinger (1764-1809) responded by establishing a company making globes. After his death, his wife ran the business for many years before eventually selling it. Carl Abel joined the firm in 1851 as a salesman, becoming manager and later owner. The company produced a variety of small globes for sale to schools and middle class families. This model, titled “The Earth,” says that it was “constructed, delineated and etched by J. A. Buhler.” The base contains a small compass. Museum Accession #H01906