GEOGRAPHIA 6 inch terrestrial globe, circa 1927

This is an early example of one of the most sought-after table globes from the British company Geographia. It can be dated to circa 1927 as Leningrad is shown with Petrograd in brackets (from 1924), Oslo is shown with Christiania in brackets (from 1925), but Cental Australia is not shown (1927 to 1931) and Peking is not yet Peiping (1928).

The globe is constructed from a pasteboard sphere with 12 hand-applied paper gores. It features a turned wooden base with an ebonised finish, a brass half meridian with turned boxwood polar bearings and brass finials.

The map colours have softened but are still well differentiated. There are areas of scuffing and staining (but no notable loss) and the varnish has darkened and degraded. The brassware is darkly patinated and there is some wear to the ebonised finish on the base.

The map has been carefully cleaned but otherwise left completely original. The holes at the polar bearings have been invisibly reinforced to ensure smooth rotation of the globe on its axis. The meridian has been cleaned but without disturbing the patination. The base has been cleaned and polished. Overall, the globe has an exceptionally warm and appealing look and displays very well.

Diameter 6 inches (152mm); overall height 310mm

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