A pair of extremely rare late 17th /early 18th century miniature gilded globes
Consisting of an outer terrestrial globe (diameter: 57mm) which contains a smaller celestial globe (diameter: 49mm). Each globe is in two halves that screw together, the outer thread being on the lower half. The insides of the hemispheres are covered in a silk velvet, which has beige and red threads. The outer globe is suspended by a gold thread from a hole at the North Pole. This is a cord made up of many silk threads covered with gold ribbon. All letters, number and constellation figures are engraved and gilded. A globe that is not made of printed gores, but is hand drawn or inscribed and therefore unique, is known as a ‘manuscript’ globe.
Price range: £30,000 - £40,000