PHILIPS 'British Empire' 8 inch terrestrial globe showing All British Cable, circa 1927

This is a fine and well-preserved table globe from the British company Philips. It is particularly notable for its clear depiction of the routing of the All British Cable - a system of 100,000 miles of submarine cable which ensured that close communication was maintained between the countries of the Empire. 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), but Central Australia is not shown (1927 to 1931) and Peking is not yet Peiping (1928).

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 retains excellent colour with no fading. The varnish has darkened and there are areas of marking and staining but it is still fully legible with no loss. There is slight wrinkling around the equator, visible in the photographs. The meridian and other brassware are darkly patinated. The ebonised finish to the base shows slight marking but is generally very good.

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 it displays very well.

Diameter 8 inches (203mm); overall height 350mm

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