In a dimly lit room lined with books and other study materials, a single round shape sits near the window. More so than textbooks or rulers, these items are celebrated for being an engaging study aid. The roundness of the object is very simple, and this shape helps it to fit in many different types of rooms. Geography is a very important subject, and as such the antique globe can provide all kinds of interesting information.
The ease of access of an antique globe makes it very easy to take one glance and find the answer one was looking for on its surface. The historical richness of this piece’s origin is both vast and interesting. The birth of the antique globe began among intellectual sects that considered the world was round. The visual aspect of the antique globe was the asset used by scholars. It was very common to find an antique globe in a study. As the scientific revolution dominated later years, the antique globe grew in great popularity.
Later, these items would become essential to the very basic study of geography. With such an outstanding visual aid, people who were students of geography found their absorption rate of facts was quicker as well as simpler. As reference material pieces, these items were also much more efficient than books. These pieces were quickly translated to all sorts of languages and sold all over the world. The notion that the world was in fact round was only accepted by much of the common populace in the late 1600’s. This single realization aided the development of both astronomical math calculations as well as earth science.
Today, the antique globe is a brightly painted item that has a touch of the nostalgia to it. The antique globe is also commonly made of wood, as it was the only practical material available in the past. The way they determined what type of wood to use was by the hardness and availability for further crafting. The more expensive pieces were made from rarer woods. Such higher priced wood included sandalwood. The hues in paints was better absorbed by wooden globes. Fading, however, was inevitable as time wore on and wore away the paints. Various aspects such as treatment of the wood indicated to how well it will hold up in today’s world. The high quality of these pieces was practically assured. This is why they have been able to last into the present day.
George is an avid collector and connoisseur of all things nautical- nautical decor, model boats, historical artifacts, etc. He has written articles for several large antique globe manufacturers and retailers of model ships, and he is a master ship builder himself. He brings a unique perspective from both the retail and the consumer side of the nautical home decor and model boat building markets.