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Cary’s pocket globe : agreeable to the latest discoveries by...

Cary’s pocket globe : agreeable to the latest discoveries by John and William Cary

Pocket globes (pocket-sized globes) measured around 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter and were used as status symbols for gentlemen as well as educational tools for children. The popularity of pocket globes peaked in the first half of the 18th century.

This is a terrestrial globe with metal axis pins at the poles. It is constructed using engraved and hand-coloured gores. The oceans are coloured light green, with landmasses in light green, pink and cream tones, outlined in green and/or red. Tracks of explorers are shown with blank lines. The case is covered in decorative sharkskin, known as shagreen.

The three voyages of Captain James Cook are marked on the globe, including the place of his death.