Getting a globe to your study or living room is not everyone’s cup of tea. But, after you read this there is a chance you are going to change your mind. Globes, they come decorated in many ways including bejeweled and gilded. The Diplomat globe we are looking at today is from master globe-maker Replogle. This is a handcrafted masterpiece with attention paid to every miniscule detail and features over 20,000 place names, which is lot more than 4,000 place names most other globes lists. An absolute delight for geography buffs, its ten-color cartography provides vivid details, you can pinpoint locations from the Scottish county town of Ayr to the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand to Panama’s Las Perlas Archipelago.
The floor-standing globe is entirely handmade in the US. It cradles in a mahogany frame with a walnut finish and rolls smoothly on four casters. The full process of handcrafting of the globe requires 40 man hours. Unique details include a solid brass hand-engraved meridian, which has been calibrated every degree. The Meridian features a touch-on illumination within by a 75-watt bulb when the meridian is touched light turns on, off and adjust the brightness in three levels.
The Diplomat globe measures 51″ H x 40″ W x 40″ D and weighs 65 lbs. Available online at Hammacher Schlemmer for $13,000.