Each globe is mounted within a chromed calibrated half meridian and raised on a black, turned, ebonized wood stand with central baluster standard and dish base.
The terrestrial globe has blue oceans and geographic entities in a variety of colors. The celestial globe shows a deep blue night sky and yellow stars, constellations indicated by straight lines (not mythological figures) with the Milky Way shown prominently.
Columbus Verlag Paul Oestergaard is a major German globe making company founded in Berlin in 1905 by Paul Oestergaard and run by successive generations of his descendants up to his great-grandson in the present day. From the beginning, Columbus emphasized mass-production to make globes affordable to a broad public. Before World War II, the company had a large export business, producing globes in 24 languages. After the war, because the Russian blockade in 1948-49 isolated Berlin from the rest of West Germany, the company established a plant in Stuttgart. Throughout its history, the company has developed innovative designs for conveying the educational content of their globes.
Cartouche on terrestrial globe: COLUMBUS GLOBE/ Edited/ by cartographer/ W. Kaaen/ COLUMBUS-VERLAG-PAUL OESTERGAARD/ BERLIN AND STUTTGART/ 667/ MADE IN [??]/ Scale 1:115 Mill./ Nr. 560905
Cartouche on celestial globe: COLUMBUS-CELESTIAL GLOBE/ compiled by/ PROF. DR. JOHANNES RIEM/ drawn by C. Luther/ COLUMBUS VERLAG PAUL OESTERGAARD/ BERLIN AND STUTTGART/ 966