So what type of collector are you, what type of collector am I ? Globe collecting is somewhat unique in that there is space for everybody. I've met collectors through this blog that collect only globe banks, they have 40 or 50 different tin globe banks, some were $1 flea market finds, some were mint in box antiques for over $100 I've also crossed paths with some collectors that might actually take a serious look at a globe priced well into 5 figures if not approaching 6 . They are two opposite ends of the collector spectrum, each collector happy and passionate in their own niche.
I love to analyze and over think things, it's my other hobby ha ha ha so I wanted to over analyze those of us who are passionate about globes I have for this exercise divided us into 4 levels of collecting. I will make mention that these levels are largely based on dollars spent on globes but also I want to include an X factor I'll label passion, or commitment. You will see as we go on.
Level 2 collectors: Things are getting interesting, you like how the globes look in your home, maybe you love studying the old geography, depending on the age of the globes you already own you want to know about who made these items, you actively try to learn about the globes already in your collection, and you are actively trying to learn about globes you don't own. You see to me globe collecting is about learning, people who love learning, and who especially love history I think are naturally drawn to this hobby an old globe as an object of history is unrivaled it is quite literally history in 3D. Unless you happen to own the wooden dentures or a stovepipe hat with a hole in it there is no better way to bring history front and center than an old globe. People of all stripes are drawn to the Art and science that an old globe embodies.
|Level 3 full mount Joslin|
|Level 4, Wilson|
|Level 4, Andrews|
in original case
Many people never venture past a level 1 or 2 in anything they collect, remember all those baseball cards, or garbage pail kids? Seriously globes, as a sub set of map collecting are a niche within a niche we are a small group. I've always thought that there are a few thousand globe collectors, a few hundred that are serious, and a few of those with a complete passion for it. I've always thought that globe collecting is a persuit that rewards knowledge far more than other collecting fields. Knowledge is a form of currency. Someone with patience and knowledge can amass an exceptional globe collection. The same can't be said of many other areas of collecting.
So earlier I rated myself a level 3, but I'm still a buyer at level 1, and 2 , I believe there are special globes at every price level. You just have to go hunting with the knowledge of what it is you are looking for.........
***thanks to Vintage cals, Dee Wiemer, Ben Z, and Murray Hudson, for use of some of the photos in this post***