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Ornate 1800s Standing Whitall Tatum Show Globe

$2,800

About

This early Whitall Tatum Number 80 pothecary show globe is one of the very rare configurations... Almost all hang from chain. This example is a floor model with its original base. The picture shows the globe filled with water and some red food coloring. The globe can change color by using different colors... or just clear water and flowers as a unique vase. Apothecary show globes have been associated with the pharmacy trade for centuries, and they appear to have originated in the British Isles, but their purpose remains open to much speculation. Some believe that alchemists of the 16th century placed strangely colored liquids in glass containers to lend an air of mystery and magic in order to attract customers. Others speculate that the red color warned passersby of plague or other diseases inside the city, while green was a sign of safety. The red and blue colors may also have represented arterial and venous blood. These wonderful works of art were available in either hanging or standing styles.

Details

  • Creator
    Whitall Tatum (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 64.5 in. (163.83 cm)Diameter: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1891
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Peekskill, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU883821929532

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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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