GEOGRAPHIA 8 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), the delineation for Central Australia is shown although not named (from 1927) 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 gilt brass half meridian with turned wooden polar bearings and brass finials.

The map colours are still rich and vibrant. The varnish has darkened and there are areas of staining but the map is fully legible with no loss. There is wear to the gilt on the meridian and the exposed brassware is patinated. The ebonised finish to the base shows marking and chipping, but this would not justify refinishing.

The map has been carefully cleaned and, apart from light restoration of a scuff extending from the left of the cartouche to Alaska (pictured), it is 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 is in very fine vintage condition.

Diameter 8 inches (203mm); overall height 380mm

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