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About Joseph and Herman Schedlar – American Globe Manufacturers

Joseph Schedler (fl.1860s-1880s), founder of the Schedler firm, and his successor, Herman Schedler (fl. 1880s -1890s), were German immigrants, based in New York and Jersey City, New Jersey, who manufactured a wide variety of table, floor, and novelty globes, generally for school use, but some designed specifically for the home “parlor.”

Schedler was among the first American globe makers to include details of shipping lines, telegraph lines, ocean currents, depth figures, and lines of magnetic variation. Joseph Schedler’s globes won prizes at the Paris International Exhibition in 1867, the American Institute Fair in 1869 and the Vienna International Exhibition in 1873. In 1875, Schedler published “An Illustrated Manual for the Use of the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes”.

E. Steiger, a New York bookseller, sold a full selection of Schedler globes, illustrated in catalogs issued in the late 1870s and 1880s. In Steiger’s 1878 “Educational Directory”, he promoted the educational value of providing a globe for every student. The teacher would use a large globe to teach the class, and the pupils would have globes “of small size in their hands.” Schedler globes were also produced for home use “as among the necessaries in every well-furnished home.”

The National Library of Australia has a fine example of one of Joseph Schedlar’s miniature terrestrial globes 3 inches in diameter and produced in 1880. This particular example comprises paper gores over papier-mache and plaster on a miniature cast iron stand. The item was purchased at Southeby’s from the estate of Howard W Walsh in 1991.

Schedlar globes are valuable and larger and early examples in good condition can command prices of several thousand dollars.

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