An Abel-Klinger celestial sphere, dated 1855-1895. The globe in this unique Celestial sphere is marked by “De AARDE, AK” (see pictures). The logo of AK, including the lettertype of “De AARDE” on the globe Cartouch is typicaly coming from C. Abel-Klinger, Nurnberg. The 4 inch (10,2 cm) globe, consist of 12 gores, is the centre of the celestial sphere. The spherical wire cage defines the celestial sphere, its pole aligning with the Earth’s north pole and its equatr defined as the projection of the Earth’s equator onto the sphere. The Ecliptic is a ring that marks the Sun’s path through the heavens; it is inclined at an angle of 23.5° to the celestial equator. There is also a star projection in the sphere. The spherical cage rotates, while the Earth at the center remains stationary. Diamater 55 cm.
From 1852, Klinger Kunsthandlung become C. Abel-Klinger Kunsthandlung. The firm issued a wide variety of table and floor globes in different languages for export. The Abel-Klinger firm was also known for its small globes for educational purposes and classroom use, sometimes set in hinged boxes. But there is no reference that they make a celestial sphere. There is no documentation about this unique celestial sphere by Abel-Klinger.
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