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Well it's time to think small. Small globes that is. There is a whole world ( pun intended) out there of small globes that I need to start exploring in a new way. The next most common sizes of globes manufactured were 8 inch orbs, and 6 inch orbs. I find myself more often seeking out these smaller worlds to add to my collection and I've come to realize that small globes ( that is those less than 10 inches diameter ) are surprisingly hard to come by in collectible condition. I don't have any concrete numbers but I'd imagine that small globes survive at a rate of about 1 for every 5 twelve inch globes. Put another way small globes are probably only 20% as common as their larger counterparts. Also adding to scarcity is the fact that; especially in America these smaller orbs were destined for classroom use more often than larger desk models, and obviously their survivability over time is diminished. All of the great globe makers had a line of small globes usually just pint sized versions of their standard desk offerings. Less expensive than 12 inch globes then, but now as antiques the opposite is usually true these globes are commanding stronger and stronger prices with excellent ( top 10% ) examples really doing well.
Small globes as a novelty as well as a space saving way to collect are more appealing in many ways than the more common 12 inch standard. Finding and adding small globes to my collection has become more challenging over the years, great ones are out there but they seem to becoming fewer and farther between, but I love a challenge..............
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**Also, I as a collector am always in the market for excellent examples of American globes, Holbrook, Joslin, Andrews, Schedler, Weber Costello, and Rand McNally are just a few of the globe makers I'm actively seeking, if you have one of these to sell please contact me, I'd love to hear from you!**