Now admittedly this list will be biased and certainly the most important rule still applies, that is buy what you like !! With that said I want to attempt to lead you down the road with a few examples of globes that I think will stand the test of time as well as impress your friends when they ask about your new collection. ( my friends stopped asking years ago, they don't have 3 hours for a globe lecture) . Anyhow here are a few favorites you should keep your eye out for.
|12 inch Replogle starlight 1940's|
|Illuminated Replogle Starlight|
|late 1950's Replogle Starlight|
2. Rand McNally Art globe: The Art globe is one of those globes that everyone who has spent any time around vintage globes at all is probably at least a bit familiar with . Much like the Starlight it was produced for many years and in many styles different sizes and different bases are the hallmark of this great globe. How do you know your looking at an Art globe? well the cartouche will be in the shape of a clam shell, and there will be several artistic embellishments throughout the globe in the oceans of ships and sea serpents that add artistic interest to this above the geography displayed.
|Small 9 inch 1940's|
|stepped glass base|
|Late 1930's glass base|
3. Crams silver ocean globes: I'll admit I do not show the George F Cram company a lot of love on this blog. I ignore them quite frankly. Well that has to change because they did indeed make some very interesting globes that should be considered. At the top of the list are their short lived but impressive silver ocean globes. Crams got their start in the early 1930's and as a company entering a crowded field, they had to be different. They were not shy about diversifying their offerings away from the traditional. One of those ideas were their line of silver oceans globes. A short lived offering lasting 1/2 a decade or so these are some of the most collectible Cram globes on the market. Given their rarity you would think they would be expensive, and mint condition pristine examples are several hundred dollars for sure. However a perfectly nice example with minimal scuffs and a nice bright finish can still be had in the $150 to $250 range. Not a beginner globe but certainly a strong intermediate globe; the centerpiece of a respectable collection.
They look so different than any other globes out there. They will appeal wildly to some, and turn off just as many. So if you decide that you want one here's what to look for. The silver oceans themselves were prone to scratching. This is one reason they were taken off the market, the fact that they were not as robust as other color combinations. Also the equator tape can become damaged or parts will be missing. I would say all else being equal I'd rather have a silver finish in great shape with a bit of missing tape rather than the other way around. Finally these came in a wide variety of bases the metal bases were prone to scratches as they were simply painted. However I'd argue that the metal works better for the whole look than the wooden base, in my opinion. The vast majority of these were 12 inch models. If you want a rarer version find a 10 inch model. eBay gets it's fair share of these so it will be reasonably easy to find a nice one if you are patient. Dealers try to also have these on hand as they are popular, and getting more so.
4. Weber Costello 8 inch globes: OK so you've got a great black oceans globe and perhaps you've found one or two other globes that speak to you. What next? Well you need the quintessential vintage globe you need something that will sit on your bookshelf and scream " serious antique!!" Well you need one of these: A Weber Costello 8 inch school globe. These were sold en mass to schools, and families alike, small enough to be easily moved around the classroom they were a staple of classrooms and homes from 1910 to 1940 they are what many people think of when they imagine what an old globe should look like. It's the tripod claw foot base that puts these in another time and place. Weber Costello imported G W Bacon gores, and then retailed this globe as well as over labeling it and sending it through every school supply house they could think of. It came offset mounted, full meridian mounted, and exceptionally rare it even came full mounted. Below left I am showing a Weber Costello with Denoyer Gepphart over label from the late 1920's at bottom right is a Weber Costello Peerless from about 1910, this is an exceptionally early mount, all are 8 inch in diameter. So what to look for, as with any globe condition rules, these will be the most costly of the 4 globes featured, and will vary the most based on condition. expect to pay between $275 and $400 for a nice example. Exceptional examples might be double that. These come up on eBay monthly so patients will pay off and a nice one will find it's way to you in time. These are some of my favorites!
I want to summarize this information by saying that these are just 4 examples of great globes that a beginner or intermediate collector should be on the lookout for, there are two dozen other globes that fit that category also. I had to pick four of my favorites to showcase. Buy what you like and you'll never really go wrong. It's all about the hunt for those serious collectors ............