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Mid-Century Copper Globe Cigarette Holder c1960
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original Mid-Century Modern copper cigarette holder. The lid slides open on the globe's axis to reveal a metal interior designed to hold cigarettes. This piece has...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal, Copper

Pair of English 12-inch Globes by William Harris, 1832 and 1835
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of 12-inch table globes William Harris London, 1832 and 1835 Slight abrasions from use; few cracks lb 11 each (kg 5) The two terrestrial and celestial globes rest in their ori...
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1830s English William IV Antique Globes

Materials

Paper, Wood

Enormous Antique World Globe with Walnut Stand, Circa 1940
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Walnut base. Measures: 45" height x 44 "diameter. Condition Surface scratches. Missing pieces to globe. Age appropriate wear.
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1920s American Georgian Vintage Globes

Materials

Walnut

Art Deco Illuminated Glass Globe by Oestergaard, Columbus
Located in Stockholm, SE
Art Deco style glass globe by Columbus, Germany. Glass sphere with a bakelite and steel frame. References are in Swedish. The Columbus Verlag Paul Oestergaard is the world's oldest g...
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Globes

Materials

Metal

Huge Vintage Illuminated Globe with Brass Stand
Located in Berlin, BE
Wonderful and rare illuminated globe with a brass stand. The globe is rotating and adjustable in high.
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Late 20th Century German Hollywood Regency Globes

Materials

Brass

Vintage Replogle Glass Illuminated Library Globe
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This 10" glass illuminated library globe was manufactured ca. 1950-1952 by Replogle (Chicago, IL) and edited by cartographer, Gustav Brueckmann. Israel, pre-divided Korea, and French...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Midcentury Globe on Smoked Lucite Stand
By National Geographic
Located in San Diego, CA
Large midcentury globe on smoked Lucite stand by National Geographic, circa 1970s. This a very cool piece with removable and super colorful 16" D globe on 17" high four sided Lucite ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

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Lucite

Very Handsome Illuminated Glass Globe on Iron & Walnut Stand
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A beautiful large glass globe that illuminates and is contained in a handsome walnut and iron stand. Large enough to be freestanding on the floor. By Repolo Gle. Globe itself is 16...
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1950s American Vintage Globes

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Brass Globe Cigarette Holder, circa 1960
Located in San Francisco, CA
About  This is an original mid-century brass cigarette holder. The lid slides open on the globe's axis to reveal a metal interior designed to hold cigarettes. This globe is unique...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Globes

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Mid-Century World Map Globe Lamp Light by JRO Verlag Munich circa 1970s
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Wonderful vintage Mid-Century fun world map globe table lamp or desk light by JRO-Verlag München. Made in Germany circa 1970, this whimsical lamp would make a great child's bedside t...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Globes

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Metal

C.S. Hammond & Co. 1950s Inflatable Globe on Tripod Stand
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hammond's International Globe (circa 1955) composed of an inflatable globe on painted metal tripod base. Images and font are large in scale and very legible. As durable as a beach ba...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Metal

Terrestrial School Glass Globe Lamp by Barrere & Thomas France
By Barrère & Thomas, Paris
Located in Atlanta, GA
Impressive terrestrial globe and lamp published, circa 1950 by Barrere and Thomas, Paris and designed by geographer J. Forest. Huge glass globe covered with print paper rotating on a...
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Globes

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

Antique 19th Century French Marble Figural Globe Clock by Vincenti et Cie
Located in Dublin, IE
A magnificent & most unusual French marble figural globe clock, the spherical shaped case forming the dial with applied Roman numerals, and arrow hands supported by three dancing put...
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19th Century French Victorian Antique Globes

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

World Traffic Globe, Steamship Company Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, 1900-1918
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Rare large world traffic globe of the steamship company Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen. Between 1900 and 1918, Welt-Reise Verlag Berlin published this model, which was commissioned by...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Globes

Materials

Brass

Tellus Globe, Prussian Blue and Sycamore
Located in London, GB
This striking piece features a 50cm diameter globe elevated on a sycamore dusk veneered stand with caps, brace detailing and a highly polished base in aluminium brass. The globe rest...
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2010s British Globes

Materials

Aluminum

Aviator Floor Globe by Denoyer Geppert
Located in Fraser, MI
Aviator Floor Globe by Denoyer-Geppert. Black continents and open oceans for use in training. This globe has a depression in North America.
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1940s American Vintage Globes

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Art Deco Globe
Located in San Francisco, CA
Art Deco period Weber Costello 16 inch globe. American, 1930's.
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Globes

Vintage Classica Lighted French Style World Globe
By G. F. Cram Company
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Vintage Glassica lighted French style world globe on a walnut base by George F. Cram.
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20th Century American Globes

Materials

Walnut

Terrestrial Globe French 18th Century, Swinging Structure
Located in Milan, IT
Designed, created, and built to be hanged to the ceiling in order to spin and play with it. Rare are the cases of pre-revolutionary French globes, and most of all the swinging ones. ...
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1760s French Antique Globes

Materials

Wood, Paper

Heirloom Light-Up Globe on Stand
Located in New York, NY
Heirloom light-up globe on wooden stand. 38" height x 32" diameter.
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Late 20th Century Globes

Materials

Wood

Philips' Terrestrial Globe, circa 1925
Located in London, GB
An attractive terrestrial globe by George Philip and Son; circa 1925. Printed in several colours and mounted on a brass semi-meridian attached to original turned ebonized wooden base...
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1920s British Vintage Globes

Materials

Gesso, Wood, Paper

Rare Large Original Mid-Century Modern Glass Globe Illuminated with Brass Frame
Located in München, DE
Very rare large original Mid-Century Modern illuminated glass globe. Great design with a frame and base made of brass. Made in Germany. Lettering in German. Very good vintage cond...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Illuminated Replogle Globe on Teak Stand
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage globe turns on its axis as mounted on a vintage teak stand. Complete with casters and interior illumination this vintage Replogle comprehensive globe features ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Teak

Terrestrial Globe J. Forest - Paris
Located in Brussels, Brussels
Elegant Terrestrial globe J.Forest published in Paris from the beginning of the 20th century Elegant tripod foot ending with lion claws Very beautiful patina on the globe as well a...
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Globes

Materials

Paper

Antique Hammond's Terrestrial Globe on Stand
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Offered here for your consideration is, A fine antique 6-inch terrestrial globe. Additional Details: By C.S. Hammond & Co. The globe likely dates from 1927 to 1930 due to the ...
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20th Century Unknown Art Deco Globes

Materials

Wood, Paper

Antique Columbus Earth Globe by Paul Oestergaard, Berlin, circa 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Item e5600 An antique traditional Columbus earth globe with a wonderful patina. Edited by Paul Oestergaard and revised by C. Luther, Berlin. Used as teaching material in German scho...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Globes

Materials

Wood, Paper

Mid-Century Lighted Globe with Stand
Located in New York, NY
Vintage mid-century world globe mounted on a 4-legged wooden stand with interior light (Heirloom Globe by Replogle).
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Plastic, Wood

Retro Walnut Globe
Located in Paris, FR
Globe retro walnut with base structure with solid beech wood feet and with circled structure in African walnut wood. Globe in beige finish with aluminium meridian in brass finish.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Globes

Materials

Beech, Walnut

Pair of George III Globes by J&W Cary Dated 1815 and 1800
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A pair of George III 21 inch globes by J&W Cary, dated 1815 and 1800, set in mahogany stands with turned urn-shaped supports raised on three outsplayed legs with original castors fee...
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Early 1800s English Antique Globes

Materials

Mahogany

Large 1930s Machine Age Industrial Metal World Globe
Located in Las Vegas, NV
20 inch Denoyer Geppert of Chicago military world globe. Made of thick spun metal on a heavy iron stand. Like a chalkboard, this was an educational instrument. Completely original...
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1930s Machine Age Vintage Globes

Materials

Steel

Globe by Denoyer Geppert Company
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A graphic and finely fabricated spun steel teaching globe mounted on a weighted stand.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Steel

Vintage George F. Cram Co. Figural Brass Atlas Illuminated Terrestrial Globe
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This illuminated terrestrial globe was made by the George F. Cram Company of the United States who is well known for the production of initially maps and diversified to include globe...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Globes

Materials

Brass

Small Lilac Formation with Central Rose
Located in London, GB
This modest sized formation has a beautful symmetry, with a rounded base and a central stalactite with radially oriented amethyst crystals resembling a rosette. This piece was le...
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15th Century and Earlier Uruguayan Antique Globes

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Agate, Amethyst, Quartz

Italian World Globe
Located in New York, NY
An Italian world globe that spins, circa mid-20th century, Italy. A world globe of wood and brass details. A great decorative object for a bookshelf, étagère, desk, office, library, ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Globes

Materials

Brass

Globe, Late 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Terrestrial globe, realized in the late 20th century in plastic to imitate hard stones, with the golden metal axis and black resin base. In very good condition  This object is shipp...
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Late 20th Century European Globes

Materials

Metal

Petite Illuminated Glass Globe by George F. Cram Co.
By Cram's
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Diminutive 7" diameter globe. Rare example scarcely found in this size, circa late 1952 / early 1953 (Korea and Ethiopia are both present). Charming desk / bedside decorative item, g...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Metal

Vintage Lighted World Globe on Stand Illuminated Mid-Century Modern
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare to see a Mid-Century Modern globe both illuminated and with that iconic Danish modern look which is so coveted. Everything works as it should. Just gorgeous.
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1960s Scandinavian Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Resin, Teak, Walnut

American Art Deco 'Pre-WWII' Globe of the World with an Internal Light
Located in New York, NY
American Art Deco (Pre-WWII) globe of the world with an internal light resting in an ebonized wood Stand (made by Replogle Globes, INC, Chicago, IL).
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20th Century American Art Deco Globes

Large 1940s A.J. Nystrom Aviation Military Training Rotating World Globe USA
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Large lacquer over aluminum rotating and swivel aviation military training globe on an aluminum base, strong steel construction circa 1940 manufactured in Chicago Illinois. These wer...
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1940s American Vintage Globes

Materials

Aluminum

Mini Globe Columbus on Wooden Base, 1950s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Mini Globe Columbus on wooden base, 1950s Nice vintage mini globe from Germany made by Columbus design by Paul Oestergaard. The sphere is made of paper with a metal measuring ar...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Metal

Pair of Vintage Bookends
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two vintage bookends. Measures: Height 28 cm. Width 14 cm. Depth 15 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal, Brass

1850 Old French Map Depicting the Entire Earth's Surface Divided into Two Parts
Located in Milan, IT
Geographical map depicting the entire earth's surface divided into two parts that correspond to the two hemispheres divided into small climatic zones that depict the climatic trend f...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Globes

Materials

Glass, Wood, Paper

Vintage Industrial Style Manually Operational Astrological Planetarium
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial-style astrological chart with terrestrial tin litho globe and light feature. Unique piece, closest to a Tellurium, Planetarium or Trippensee in categorization, though lack...
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1950s American Vintage Globes

Materials

Metal, Steel, Tin

Philips Terrestrial Globe, c1920
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
Philips 14 inch Terrestrial globe c1920 Philips 14 inch Terrestrial globe on a turned walnut stand. This desktop globe dates from 1920-1930. The colour is good, aged but retaining c...
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1920s European Other Vintage Globes

Materials

Steel

Brass Armillary Sundial Sphere Brass Globe Bookends on Green Marble
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of vintage brass armillary sundial bookends on antique verde Italian marble. The globes turn and the brass holding piece is marked with roman numerals. Beautiful brass armillar...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Art Deco Globes

Materials

Marble, Brass

Replogle Terrestrial Floor Globe
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
This floor globe by Replogle floats within a ring of walnut, supported by four 'turned' chrome stiles, which connect to a base of walnut. The globe rotates, spins and lights from wit...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Telescoping Adjustable World Globe by Rand McNally, Chicago
Located in Buffalo, NY
16 inch diameter telescoping adjustable world globe by Rand McNally, Chicago, wonderful color and proportion, adjustable from 52 inches to 76 inches, retains original metal baseball ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

Globe Mid Century 1950s Atomic Design
Located in New York, NY
1950s mid century Reference Globe by Replogle Rare 10 inch size. Actual Globe is 10 inch not including stand. Slightly smaller than average globes makes it ideal for desk top or shel...
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Mid-20th Century Globes

Materials

Wrought Iron

20th Century Wrought Iron Italian Globe, 1960
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Large Italian globe of the 20th century. Furniture with wrought and forged iron structure with printed terrestrial globe covered in paper depicted in antique style. Globe of great si...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Globes

Materials

Iron

Large Antique Replogle Brass Framed Library Globe with Wooden Base & Claw Feet
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This la large metal library globe was made by the Replogle Globe company of the United States in approximately 1920 in the period Art Deco style. The globe is their sixteen inch mode...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Globes

Materials

Metal, Brass

Coexist Mod Sky Glass and Black Iron Stellar Map
Located in Roma, IT
Gio Tirotto realizes the project coexist: the mod. Ground globe and the mod. Sky stellar map, two objects complementary as only sky and heart can be, where the transparent glass allo...
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2010s Italian Globes

Materials

Iron

Large-Scale Vintage Military Globe / Activity Globe by A.J. Nystrom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Machine Age-style A.J. Nystrom of Chicago Military or Activity Globe composed of a spun metal blue orb with green slated land masses outlined in yellow. These globes were used by the...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Metal

1920s Library or Classroom Terrestrial World Globe with a Cast Iron Base
Located in New York, NY
Terrestrial globe from the late 1920s. The metal globe is set on a decorative cast iron base, and was likely used in a classroom or library setting. This can be seen at our 2420 Broa...
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1920s American Industrial Vintage Globes

Materials

Iron

Rare 1940s Hand Painted World Globe
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This large Aviation University classroom globe features a brushed steel base and hand painted surface. Stamped, "Graphics Project Globe A.J. Nystrom & Co. Chicago."
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Globes

Materials

Steel

Ed Wormley of Dunbar Mid-Century Modern Illuminated Globe Light Fixture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Walnut and brass tripod or tri-leg base stand Mid-Century Modern illuminated globe by Ed Wormley.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Brass

17th Century Italian Painted Wood Celestial Globe on Later Turned Leg Stand
Located in Atlanta, GA
17th century Italian painted celestial globe mounted in custom wooden Stand with turned legs and bun feet (later, 19th century).
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17th Century Italian Antique Globes

Materials

Wood

Vintage Surrealist Crystal Sculpture of a Hand Holding the World Globe
Located in Hudson, NY
This heavy and impressive crystal art object made mid-1950s is cast and then carved and engraved. The considerable amount of technical skill required shows a master at his craft. The...
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Mid-20th Century Globes

Materials

Crystal

Large and Extremely Rare Terrestrial Globe by Newton
By Newton Globes - Planer & Newton
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A large and extremely rare 24-inch terrestrial globe by Newton Our most magnificent and rare globes were a pair of 24-inch Newton globes. These too were updated in 1852 (terre...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Globes

Materials

Mahogany

Antique, New and Vintage Globes

Antique and vintage globes can prove unique and interesting accents to your living space, whether on their own as provocative conversation pieces or part of a small collection dotting the shelves where your sculptures and other decorative objects live.

Globes are among the most ancient of scientific instruments. During the Age of Exploration, they were vital for navigation, bringing sailors home after perilous journeys on different trade routes. Globes didn’t just detail continental formations, they might also show astronomical positions — adventurous seafarers of the day would rely on stars’ positions in traveling the great waters ahead of them. Antique globes offer a glimpse into specific time periods and how peoples of the past navigated the world around them. These were tools that identified a region’s borders, the names of countries, territories and more as the Earth’s geography was once known or imagined. As information about a place became available to geographers over time, globes became more accurate.

Not all globes depict the Earth and its countries, landmasses and bodies of water. The models that do are known as terrestrial globes, while globes that detail the position of the stars and other heavenly bodies are called celestial globes.

Quite surprisingly, the construction of globes remains relatively unchanged from the 16th century. The base starts as two papier-mâché hemispheres, which have a wooden support pillar attached via the north and south poles. The hemispheres are joined with glue or sewn with string and are subsequently topped with more paper or even thin fabric. Lastly, the globe is covered with plaster, ready for the design to be pasted on top.

Perhaps even more surprising is that the decorative function of globes has not changed much since the 16th century. They’ve been given as gifts for hundreds of years, as globes have always been beautiful objects whether they’re in your home office or your living room, lining your mantel alongside other globes of different sizes. Recent globe designs offer modern variations in style and features, such as interior lighting, automatic rotation and more.

Today, vintage trunks and luggage have reappeared as furniture or decorative home accents in a bedroom or foyer. This likely owes to wanderlust, nostalgia and a shared love of good design. Decorating with globes is similarly rooted in the allure of travel and a penchant for the stylish finishing touch that collectibles bring to our homes. Antique globes add welcome doses of color and contrast to a house or apartment’s neutral corners, their sea blues and algae greens popping against reclaimed wood interiors or stone fireplaces.

On 1stDibs, you can find a collection of authentic antique and vintage globes including mid-century modernGeorgianArt Deco editions and more.

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