PHILIPS 12 inch library globe, 1934

This is a rare and imposing library globe from the British company Philips. It can be dated with reasonable confidence to 1934 as Italian Libya is shown (from 1934) but Persia is not yet Iran (1935).

The construction of the globe is exceptional in that it has 24, rather than the usual 12, paper map gores. These have been hand-applied over a heavy pasteboard sphere, and capped with 2 polar calottes. The globe is mounted on a tall turned and polished mahogany base with simple scroll feet. It is supported on its axis by a gilt brass meridian with turned brass polar bearings and knurled brass finials.

The map clearly shows extensive staining, almost certainly due to leaching of the adhesive, but this cannot disguise the incredible wealth of fine detail nor the varied and warm colouration of the political borders. There are also small areas of rubbing but the map is still 99% legible. The base has numerous small marks and scuffs but there is no notable damage.

The map has been carefully cleaned and nicks and abrasions have been lightly restored. 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, treated with a restorative solution and wax polished.

Despite its obvious signs of age, the globe has a proud and commanding presence and displays exceptionally well.

Diameter 12 inches (305mm); overall height 570mm

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