Antique Rand Mcnally Globes
Antique Rand McNally globes were manufactured by the American company Rand McNally.
Rand McNally was formerly established in Chicago, Illinois, in 1868. The company initially focused on printing tickets for Chicago’s burgeoning railway industry and in the following years began to publish railroad guides.History & Description
From the 1880s Rand McNally published their first series of maps and in 1887 issued their first 12” terrestrial globe.
Today, Rand McNally continues to publish globes, maps and atlases for commercial, education and travel uses and is headquartered in Stokie, a suburb of Chicago.
Guide for collectors
Prices for antique Rand McNally globes tend to range between $200 and $500 at auction houses throughout the United States. However, the more valuable and desirable examples are sold through international auctioneers, such as Sotheby’s, and prices can exceed $6,000.
The most common diameter is the 12” globe but 18” globes are also typically found at auction. The 15” globe is perhaps one of the rarest and desirable of all.
Collectors should look out for any small defects, such as minor scratches and rips to the paper. While these minor blemishes are expected in all antique globes, any major breaks or cracks are signs that a globe has at one point been seriously damaged or dropped.
Notable auction sales
On March 8th 2000 at Christie’s in New York, a 12” terrestrial globe, manufactured by Rand McNally in 1930, realised a price of $6,325.
On September 9th 1998 at Christie’s in Amsterdam, a 12” terrestrial globe, manufactured by Rand McNally, circa 1920, realised a price of f.6,353 ($3,259).
On December 14th 2008 at DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan, a Rand McNally 18” terrestrial globe, circa 1910, realised a price of $3,250.
On September 9th 2011 at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, a Rand McNally terrestrial globe on stand realised a price of $2,200.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)