Brass, Plexiglas, Plastic
George Philip & Son
Philips’ 6-inch Popular Celestial Globe
London: Mid 20th Century
8 inches high
Celestial globe, canted at 23 degrees in a brass uncalibrated half meridian, raised on a black plexiglas 2-step square stand in the Art Deco taste. The globe is printed in tones of yellow and white, showing constellations against a dark blue night sky. Solid lines connect the stars and dotted lines indicate their boundaries. The stars are drawn to five degrees of magnitude, corresponding to a key in the cartouche. Some stars are named and most are labeled with Greek letters. The Milky Way is indicated.
George Philip & Son began as a map and atlas publisher in Liverpool, England in 1834. In 1902, the firm relocated to London and emerged as one of the major globe producers of the 20th century. Read more on our Guide to Globe Makers.
Oval Cartouche: PHILIPS’/ Popular/ 6 inch/ CELESTIAL GLOBE./ Magnitudes/ [key to 5th magnitude]/ GEORGE PHILIP & SON,LTD. 32 FLEET STREET LONDON PHILIP & SON 32 FLEET ST. PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN.
Condition: Generally very good, rich blue color with glossy finish, having the usual overall very light toning and wear. One minor small indentation, unobtrusive. Stand very good. White glare spots evident in the pictures of the globe shown here are not present as damage in actuality.