PHILIPS 'British Empire' 8 inch terrestrial globe, circa 1935

This is a fine table globe from the British company Philips. It can be dated to circa 1935 as Persia is shown with Iran in brackets (Iran from 1935) but Italian East Africa does not yet exist (from 1936)

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 lacquered brass half meridian and brass polar cups and finials.

The map has faded and shows extensive staining, but it is still fully legible with minimal marking and only small areas of loss to the northern polar calotte (shown in the last photograph). The lacquer to the meridian has degraded and there is dark patination of the other brassware. The ebonised finish to the base shows some marking and 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 brassware has been cleaned without disturbing the patination. The base has been cleaned, treated with a restorative solution and polished.

Dimensions
Diameter 8 inches (203mm); overall height 310mm; base diameter 140mm

Price
£400
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