PHILIPS 'Challenge' 10 inch terrestrial globe, 1958

This is a fine table globe from the British company Philips, dated 1958. It is particularly notable for the unusual age-related colour change. Usually, reds are the first colours to fade but here they remain dominant against the parchment-like background hues (the oceans would originally have been a sky-blue), giving the globe a uniquely distinctive look.

The globe is constructed from two pasteboard hemispheres with hand-applied composite paper gores, joined at the equator. It features the trademark Everite stepped black bakelite base with a chromed die cast meridian, and an aluminium time dial at the North Pole.

The map has been carefully cleaned and is in very good overall condition with minor marking but no loss; the varnish is fully intact and still bright. The base and mount have also been cleaned and polished and are in very good to excellent condition.

Diameter 10 inches (250mm); overall height 315mm

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