Joslin's Table Globe, ca. 1870
Appraised Value: $2,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:25)
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GUEST: It's a world globe, and I think it's 18... late '70s.
APPRAISER: How did you get it?
GUEST: I found it at the garbage beside the road at a house down the street from me.
APPRAISER: Do they still live down the street from you?
GUEST: No, they don't. They passed away.
APPRAISER: And how long ago was this?
GUEST: I think about 15 years ago.
APPRAISER: Okay, so you found it in the garbage.
GUEST: Sitting next to the garbage can.
APPRAISER: The firm of Gilman Joslin were based out of Boston. This globe, I believe, dates from around 1870. It's part of a series of very traditional globes that we would see. They were originally on the continent and in England. There were a couple of very well-known manufacturers, primarily Smith's of London. And all of the information is contained in the cartouche. It says, "Joslin's Terrestrial Globe "containing the late discoveries "and geographical improvements. "Also the tracks of the "most celebrated circumnavigators "compiled from Smith's New English globe "with additions and improvements "by Annin & Smith. "Revised by GW Boynton" and then "Manufactured by Gilman Joslin, Boston." The base is cast iron underneath, which is just painted gold. Along the rim on the ring you have the signs of the zodiac, and then also you have the calendar as well. So it serves multiple purposes. But as opposed to a floor globe, it would sit on a table. This is a 12-inch globe. There are 16-inch globes, which make more, and they go all the way down to pocket globes.
GUEST: Oh, really?
APPRAISER: They come up for auction quite often. And one sold in January of 2013 for $2,250.
GUEST: Wow, $2,250? $2,250, okay.
APPRAISER: There is a small ding on yours, which we know about, right here. It's small. And I think it takes $200 off the value. So you have a $2,000 globe you found in the garbage.
GUEST: Yay! That's fabulous. Thank you, Sebastian.
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