WEBER COSTELLO 'Peerless' 12 inch black oceans globe on airliner base, ca. 1950

The American globe maker Weber Costello is particularly noted for its striking mid-century 'black oceans' globes with their chrome mounts and bases. This is one of the rarest and probably the most famous, with its stunning streamlined aeroplane (or airplane if you're from the US) heralding the arrival of global air travel.

It can be dated to circa 1950 as French Indochina has not yet split and Germany is not yet divided, while Siam has become Thailand and Indonesia is independent (all in 1949).

The globe is constructed from two pasteboard hemispheres with hand-applied composite paper gores, joined at the equator. The base and meridian are die cast and chromed alloy.

The map has some minor surface marks but no notable loss or damage. The equatorial tape has been lightly restored but is completely original. The chrome is bright and generally very good, with some small specks of corrosion to the base (visible in the photos), but no damage or loss.

The globe has been carefully cleaned and polished and is an excellent example of this sought-after model.

Diameter 12 inches (305mm); overall height 400mm

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