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Globe with Hanging Ball


This is a large globe, painted black, on a heavy tripod base. Affixed to the top there is a metal bracket with a metal ball hanging from the top. The base has three iron legs, two of which have adjustable screw feet. These join together with a cylindrical section into which there is a large rod which supports the globe and allows it to rotate freely on a vertical axis.

The globe is large, and painted black. Lighter coloured markings indicating the equator and longitude lines indicate an axis different from that which the globe rotates at. Other markings are visible underneath the paint, perhaps indicating original paper covering and gores.

Affixed to the top of the globe is a metal bracket in the shape of an inverted ‘u’. Hanging from the top of the centre of the ‘u’ is a metal ball on a black length of string. This hangs about 10cm above the surface of the top of the globe.

Accession Number: 2019.ast.282

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Primary Materials:

Metal: Iron Alloy, Metal: Copper Alloy, Wood(?)


Printed on a sticker affixed to the base: “UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Written on a sticker affixed to the base of the globe: “AST22”

Painted in silver on the base: “G10”

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This globe was modified following its original purchase for mathematical demonstrations on a sphere, possibly in an astronomical context. According to Professor Emeritus Ernie Seaquist, it was used to illustrate the action of a Foucault pendulum.


Good: The metal base is in good condition, with very little sign of corrosion. However, one of the screw feet adjusters is missing.

The globe was likely modified by being painted black. The edges of paper gores underneath the paint are faintly visible. The equator and longitude markings are not very clearly marked and appaer to have been formed by the application of a narrow tape, which has since been removed, and has torn off the black paint surface. In other places, similar damage has occurred. In some places, this has been caused by the application of ‘invisible’ tape that has been removed; in places, some of the tape is still applied.

The bracket is firmly attached but there are small cracks in the sealant used to fix the bracket to the surface of the globe.

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Date of Manufacture: Early 20th Century


This globe was likely purchased for teaching by the Department of Physics or the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. In the 2000s, it was found in a room in the McLennan Physical Laboratories building on the U of T St George campus, and moved to the Astronomy Library for storage and display.

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