PHILIPS 'British Empire' 8 inch terrestrial globe, circa 1932

This is a fine and exceptionally well-preserved table globe from the British company Philips. It can be dated to around 1932 as Japanese Manchukuo is shown, but Arabia is not yet Saudi Arabia (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 gilt brass half meridian and brass polar cups and finials.

The map retains excellent colour with no fading. There are small areas of marking and staining but it is still fully legible with no loss. There is wear to the gilt to the meridian and dark patination of the other brassware. The ebonised finish to the base shows slight marking with some chipping particularly around the bottom edge, 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 and the base has been cleaned and polished as appropriate. Overall it looks stunning

Diameter 8 inches (203mm); overall height 310mm

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