5. Julius Payer's Terrestrial Globe from 1875
This extraordinary world globe, made in 1875, looks as if it could have been made today. The bright sky blue ocean design contrasts with the white landmasses that are outlined in a bold pink hue. The bright color scheme was hand drawn onto this desktop model by the cartographer, Julius Payer. The globe sits on an ornate base, made from multicolored fabric. The German globe is about a foot in diameter, and a couple of inches higher on the base. A standout in Austria's Globe Museum, this unusual globe startles with its contemporary design despite being made in the 19th century. Without place names, the sleek and colorful style of Payer's globe is one of a kind for an antique model.
4. Juttner & Lettany's Terrestrial Globe from 1827
This handsome desktop globe was designed by Joseph Juttner and Franz Lettany, who made popular models in both Vienna and Prague during the 19th century. This particular model was crafted in Prague is written in German. The sphere itself is a foot in diameter, but on its wooden desktop base, reaches 18 inches tall. The globe is surrounded by a full brass meridian which includes latitudinal degree calibrations. The meridian is held in the stand by a horizontal cradle, which is supported by four curved legs. The globe's design features a light blue ocean style, with pale colored landmasses and an abundance of place names. This globe is still in great shape and its timeless composition still looks as fresh as it did in the 18th century.
3. Vincenzo Coronelli's Terrestrial Globe from 1688
The famous Italian globe maker and cartographer, Vincenzo Coronelli, finished this beauty in 1688. The large world globe is 3 and a half feet in diameter, and stands 6 feet tall on the baroque stand. With a combination of wood, bronze and iron, the intricate base upholds this giant world globe. The place names are in Latin, and California is pictured as a separate island off of the west coast of the United States. As seen in the picture, Coronelli included an elegant cartouche on the globe, complete with several cherubs and paintings of sailboats and ships over the waters. The beige ocean design retains the classic flavor that antique maps are known for, giving this old globe a sense that it is a true artifact of its 17th century era.
2. Pierre Lapie's Terrestrial Globe from 1810
Pierre Lapie was a French cartographer, globe maker and engraver from the 19th century. His son was also a cartographer, and they collaborated on maps together. This startlingly beautiful globe was made in 1810 and is almost a foot in diameter and stands two feet tall on its curvilinear metal base. The globe is surrounded by a brass meridian with latitudinal degree markings, and is held at an upwards angle so as to be viewed from above. The incredibly detailed beige antique world globe is enhanced by the golden hued base, which has elegant curves and a thin composition. This globe is incredibly informed by its French sensibility and has a distinctly Art Nouveau flavor to it, despite predating the design movement by a couple decades. This Lapie globe is an absolute gem in the Globe Museum collection.
1. Gerardus Mercator's Terrestrial Globe from 1541
A Mercator globe again takes the number one spot! This world globe, made in 1541, is another stellar contribution to the world of geography from one of cartography's greatest innovators. Mercator's classic four legged base upholds a wooden cradle that encases the full metal meridian, which has latitudinal degree calibrations. The beautiful blue ocean design is enhanced by the reddish brown landmasses, which showcase cutting edge geographical insights of the day, but are wildly out of proportion by modern standards. Still, there are plenty of place names, and the globe is incredibly detailed, living up to Mercator's ambitious cartographic standards. The globe is almost a foot and half in diameter and two feet tall atop its classic wooden base. Nothing touches a Mercator globe!