A 12 inch Franklin terrestrial table globe by Nims & Co, New York, the twelve gores engraved and hand-coloured, with a brass calibrated meridian ring and papered horizon ring, all raised on a tripod cast iron base, the cartouche reading “The Franklin Terrestrial Globe, 12 inches in diameter containing all the Geographical Divisions & Political Boundaries to the present date, carefully compiled from the best Authorities. H.B. Nims & Co., Troy. N.Y. Rae Smith engraver, N.Y.” American, circa 1870. Footnote: The first Franklin terrestrial globe was issued in the mid-1850s by Merriam & Moore, booksellers in Troy, N.Y. They would issue several new editions over the course of the next half century and were supplied by a succession of globe makers, including H.B. Nims & Co., later named Nims & Knight.