A pair of globes of this precise model was almost certainly supplied to Thomas Langford-Brooke (d.1815) for Mere Hall, Cheshire and was sold by Christie's, London, 23 May 1994, lot 195 (£26,450). The stands may have been part of the extensive furnishings supplied by the firm of Gillows of Lancaster. Interestingly, the maps on the Mere Hall globes bear the exact same inscription as on these globes and are dated 1858. These maps would have been ordered to update the original Regency globes which appear in an 1840 inventory.
Their pattern, with reeded quadrant supports and tripod claw of serpentine herm form, relates in style to Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-Maker's and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, 1791-94, while the columnar pedestal is enriched with a robust palm-leaf bulb and reflects the antique manner of the early 19th century.
Charles Smith & Son, 'Publisher, Map and Glober Seller, Engraver and Map Seller extraordinary to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.' flourished from 1845-1864 at 172 The Strand, London.
An identical pair of library globes to the present example was sold Christie's, New York, 21 October 1999, lot 191.