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Dating Globes

Do you collect antique or vintage terrestrial globes? Perhaps you like to see how older world globes show the political boundaries of their times. It is fascinating to see how countries and cities have changed their names over the decades, and the results of wars that have moved boundaries. Some people collect globes because they often show the tracks and routes that explorers took as they learned about our planet. Others collect world globes because they are beautiful to look at.

Whatever your reasons for collecting older globes, you may wonder “How old is my globe?” and need help determining how old it is. Remember, globe manufacturers did not always change the names of countries and boundaries immediately.

An excellent list of helpful dates is on this website: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/datingglobes.htm

To learn more about the art of collecting antique and vintage globes, visit OMNITERRUM.COM — the best web site on the topic! Another useful site: http://www.libs.uga.edu/maproom/online/globes.html

Quick checks to determine age of Globe:

o Persia or Iran? Name changed to Iran in 1935


o Does your globe have Constantinople or Istanbul? This city changed its name to Istanbul in 1930.


o Is Israel shown? If yes, globe was made after 1948.


o Tanganyika instead of Tanzania? If yes, globe was made 1946-1961


o Gold Coast became Ghana in 1957.


o Does Bangladesh appear on the globe? If so, globe was made after 1970


o Is Vietnam shown as one nation (not North & South)? If yes, then globe was made after 1976. 


o 1984 – Upper Volta changes name to Burkina Faso 
o 1991 – Soviet Union dissolves into 15 new countrie


Comments»

1. Hector Guzman - March 2, 2010

i have a replogle globe classic series/LeRoy m.Tolman. Its 12in diameter. It is a floor globe/ mahogany wood it seems to be. I used the site to try and date it and so far seems to be from 1980 to 1984. Im not a globe collector i actually found this globe and stand in the trash. I was wondering if it was worth anything. Or if it is a collectable. I was suprised to see it in the trash it seems to be in very good shape. Please any information would be very helpful thank you.

globecollectors - March 2, 2010

Many globe collectors have started just like you did — finding an older globe, learning about the history it records, and becoming curious. While globes that are less than 50 years old seldom have great value in terms of dollars, they are of great interest to those who are collectors of 20th century (1901-2000) globes. If you look at globe sales on eBay, you will see globes made in the 1980 rarely sell for more than $30.

Note: World/terrestrial globes on eBay are found by clicking on “Antiques” then go to “Maps, Atlases & Globes” and click on “Globes.” If you just type “globes” in the eBay search, you will get snow globes, lamp globes and every other listing that includes the word “globe”.

2. J FRIEND - April 5, 2010

I HAVE A GLOBE THAT I BOUGHT AT AN ANTIQUE FAIR ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO – IT DOES NOT HAVE A MAKE, BUT IT HAS “PRINTED IN GERMANY” AND SHOWS RAILWAYS, STEAMSHIP ROUTES, CABLES, TELEGRAPH LINES, GREAT WALL OF CHINA AND CARAVAN ROUTES. IT SHOWS IRAN, RATHER THAN PERSIA, BUT DOES NOT HAVE ISRAEL, SO MUST BE BETWEEN 1930 AND 1948. IT IS IN NEAR PERFECT CONDITION – I PAID QUITE A LOT OF MONEY FOR IT AT THE TIME – I JUST WONDERED WHO I WOULD TAKE IT TO, TO GET IT VALUED.

3. kim - June 20, 2010

Sounds like a Raeths or Columbus made for the english speaking market. Send us pictures and we’ll see what we can find out in market value and history.
Best,
Kim@Omniterrum

4. scott - February 24, 2011

Does anyone know where i can get a appraisal for my globe. I am from minnesota and i found a antique spirituall globe with wierd paintings of good and evil on it in an old burnt down farm house out in the country. it was the only thing that was worth anything cause it was sealed underneath the house in a storage area. What i need is a contact of someone who collects old unique type of globes that maybe wants to buy or tell me what it is worth so i can sell. please call me at 763-482-0074 or e-mail me at scotte@eniva.com


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