While the 18th century saw the invention of the pocket globes, the practice of keeping them became especially popular in the 19th century. Pocket globes were typically only a few inches in diameter, and were a status symbol for upper class European gentlemen to carry around. These globes were not particularly practical; after all, how could globes of this small size be effectively used for navigation or education? It is thought that rich men carried these around to show off their worldliness along with their knowledge of cutting-edge geography or perhaps might have been popular for very wealthy children to play with. Without further ado, here are our three favorite pocket globes from this era!