An Early 20thC 8” Terrestrial Table Globe ‘Geographia’ c.1920-25

Origin: English
Period: Early 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1920-25
Height: 14.5”
Diameter: 8”
Base: 5.75”

The beautifully timeworn and sun bleached eight-inch terrestrial globe signed "GEOGRAPHIA" 8 INCH TERRESTRIAL GLOBE "GEOGRAPHIA" LTD 55 FLEET STR. LONDON; E.C. 4, c. 1924, the globe with unengraved brass meridian half-circle raised on a baluster turned ebonised column and circular plinth base and surviving from the first quarter of the twentieth century.

In true country house condition, the globe is beautifully faded with direct sunlight, the ebonized base thoroughly worn with the globe spinning easily and the paper with a legible surface though with some wear and staining.

Geographia Ltd was a prolific London-based publisher of globes, maps and atlases from the early 1900s to the late 1980s. Geographia was founded by Alexander Gross (1879-1958), described in the Collins Bartholomew company history as "a truculent Hungarian immigrant." The firm produced street maps and atlases of all the major cities in the United Kingdom, the most popular of which was the Greater London Street Atlas and its New York office produced street guides for American cities in the mid 20th century. Scholar Elly Dekker estimates the dates of Geographia globe production as ranging from 1910 to 1987.

A real country house delight, bleached, battered and beautiful.