The Columbus Frankfurt Illuminated Desktop Globe 20 Inch is a mesmerizing model that impresses with its handsome color scheme. The 20 inch glass globe is held 24 inches high on the mahogany wood base. Accenting the brown stand is a brass semi-meridian which cradles the sphere at a 23.5 angle. The meridian features latitudinal calibrations that are engraved in a fine script, which accent the world globe's design and showcase the models cartography.
The Frankfurt displays Columbus' DUO map. That means that when the globe is not illuminated, a political map is presented. With a blue ocean design, the map features nation divisions and an abundance of place names, along with shipping lane and water current information. When the globe becomes illuminated, a physical emerges faintly on the world globe's surface. The earth's natural hues and relief become subtly apparent with color variations and 3D shading.
The 20 inch glass sphere was impressively hand blown. Columbus' one of the only company's left that handmade glass globes of this size due to the incredibly difficult process. The DUO map is also manually cut and applied to the sphere by craftspeople. The artistic qualities of the Columbus Frankfurt Illuminated Desktop Globe 20 Inch make it an attractive addition to the home or office. The exquisite design allows this decorative flourish to captivate for years to come with its classic style.
My Frankfurt just arrived in the mail. The blue globe with the brass meridian and wood base is a handsome combination. The sphere is large and beautiful, and its great to watch the map change when it becomes illuminated. Couldn't be happier with this globe. Thanks.