One of the Last Great Globe Makers

Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers

Have you ever noticed how unique a globe is? Each one is just slightly different from the rest, and when you pick one up second-hand it can be like a treasure hunt of countries trying to figure out when and where your globe came from.

A few years ago, I picked up a globe at a thrift store near my house in Philadelphia and didn’t really think about those details, I just liked the way it looked. Then my meticulous and very brainy Uncle came to visit and he pointed out that I had a rare find. My globe contained several countries (and the former Soviet Union) that we no longer recognize as countries, but it also mapped Israel as a State. With this knowledge we did some Wikipedia’ing and found out that the globe must have been created in the UK sometime between 1948 and 1952.

These days, it’s rare (in our GPS using, google everything society) to find a globe that isn’t mass-produced and has the pizzaz and hand-painted beauty of vintage finds. Enter Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, a studio based in Stoke Newington, London.

Bellerby and a small team of dedicated globemakers construct high-quality, handmade, artisan globes that are as much works of art as they are scientific instruments. From the stand, to the painting, to the mapmaking, each piece is expertly crafted in-house using traditional and modern globe-making techniques. Globemaking is a difficult art to learn, with the act of applying the strips of map to the sphere (known as “goring”) alone usually taking a year to master, but the stunning results speak for themselves. In a day and age when digital reigns supreme and cheap products fall apart quickly, Bellerby & Co.’s classically beautiful, handcrafted globes are a testament to the wonderful quality and aesthetic of goods made by true artisans.

Photo source: Stuart Freedman via Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Stuart Freedman via Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers
Photo source: Bellerby & Co. Globemakers

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