Auction 125, Lot 81

"16 Inch Library Globe", Replogle Globes

Subject: Globes

Period: 1935 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

16 x 23.5 inches
40.6 x 59.7 cm

This beautiful 16" diameter library globe is very handsome and stands over 23" tall, raised on a filigree base with marble cap. The full supporting arms rotate in the base and hold the degreed meridian ring, which can slide to adjust the earth's tilt. The hour disc at the north pole has lost it printing, but is present. This large globe appears to be constructed of paper and plaster of Paris and not metal as sometimes seen in larger globes. It is covered by 12 globe gores that are finely printed using the photo-gravure or chromozylographic method. Although it is not dated, the globe is circa 1936 based on its geography. Ethiopia is shown as Italian, Thailand is still Siam, Burma has not yet separated from India (1937), and Manchuria is already renamed to Manchuokuo. There are some errors, such as Peking still named Peiping, but the date is most certainly circa 1935-1937. The art deco style base is cast metal, with a 1" thick, 6" diameter marble disk above. The number "30" and an oval maker's mark are cast in the underside of the base. Replogle has been making globes since the 1920's. Beginning business in a Chicago apartment, Luther Replogle built the business into one of the largest manufacturers of globes today. This is a great example that will be the center of attention wherever it is displayed.


Condition: A

Bright paper and coloring. One gore with a little paper raising along two side in Asia, with small loss. One rub area in analemma. A very nice example for a globe of this size and age.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/24/2008