PHILIPS 6 inch 'Terrestrial' globe, circa 1930

This is a fine table globe from the British company Philips. It can be dated to circa 1930 as Central Australia is shown (1927-31), Istanbul is shown with Constantinople in brackets (from 1930) but Arabia is not yet Saudi Arabia and Manchuria is not yet Manchukuo (both from 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 brass half meridian and brass polar cups and finials.

The map colours are still rich and vibrant, with the British Empire picked out in salmon-pink. There is some light fading to the northern hemisphere and there are areas of staining but the map is fully legible with no loss. The brassware has aged uniformly to a bronze-like colour.  The ebonised finish to the base shows marking and chipping, but this would not justify refinishing

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 is in very fine vintage condition.

Diameter 6 inches (150mm); overall height 290mm; base diameter 120mm

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