PHILIPS 12 inch terrestrial globe showing principal airmail routes, circa 1935

This is a very handsome pre-war table globe from the British company Philips. The globe is notable for its airmail routings, shown clearly in red. The first British public overseas airmail service was introduced in 1919, and by 1934 this had expanded to cover most of the Empire. At this time the Imperial Airways London to Brisbane service was the longest in the world, taking around 12 days.

The globe is difficult to date precisely, but it is definitely pre-1936 as Italian East Africa is not shown. The best indications of a date of 1935 are that Iran is shown with Persia in brackets (1935), the Philippine Islands are shown with USA crossed through (granted commonwealth status in 1935 as a precursor to independence), plus the portion of the Anglo-Egyptian condominium ceded to Italian Libya in 1934 and the 1934 Brisbane airmail route are both shown. There are however some interesting anomalies: Tannu Tuva is still shown (1921-26), Peking is shown with Peiping in brackets (renamed Peiping in 1928), Central Australia is still shown (1927-31) and Arabia is not yet Saudi Arabia (1932).

The globe is constructed from a pasteboard sphere with 12 hand-applied paper gores and 2 polar calottes. It features a turned wooden base with an ebonised finish, a chromed half meridian with turned wooden polar bearings and chromed finials.

The varnish has darkened with age and there is some light surface marking but the globe retains the full subtle colouring of the political mapping. With the exception of a small area of rubbing to the south polar area, which has been lightly restored (pictured), the map is fully intact with no loss.

The map has been carefully cleaned and the base and meridian have been cleaned and polished as appropriate. The globe turns smoothly on its axis and overall the globe displays exceptionally well.

Diameter 12 inches (305mm); overall height 435mm; base diameter 225mm

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