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Collapsible Globe Walking Stick

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Item Details

  • Diameter:
    15 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    Other
This rare and astonishing walking stick literally puts the world at one's fingertips. Comprised of three sections, this cane contains an exceptional folding globe by Elsevier Publishing House of Rotterdam, Holland. This remarkable color-printed linen globe actually expands thanks to its umbrella-like metal frame. Based on the Portable Globe designed by John Betts, this was a "Gratis - Premie," or a gift to accompany the book of journeys and discoveries by Jules Verne, adapted for Dutch readers by Dr. G. J. Dozy, and published by Elsevier. Folding globes were popular in the 19th century for their lightweight portability, yet this is the first we have seen incorporated into a system cane. Including a compass in the handle and telescope, this stick is a must for both globe and cane enthusiasts.

The globe is inscribed "De Elsevier - Globe Naar De Nieuwste Bronnen Bewerkt Onder Toezicht Van Dr. G. J. Dozy, Gratis - Premie Het Boek Der Reizen En Ontdekkingen Rotterdam. Uitgevers - Maatschappij Elsevier." ("The Elsevier Globe, adapted from the latest sources under supervision of Dr. G.J. Dozy. Presented free with the Book of Expeditions and Discoveries. Rotterdam. Publishers - Society Elsevier." 

Circa 1881

Cane: 37 1/4" length
Globe: 15" diameter expanded

Reference:
Globes from the Western World, 1993, Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt

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