A 19th Century table globe in very poor condition. Restoration can be carried out for a number of reasons, usually to increase value, but this globe was of no historical importance and little financial value. It had been owned by the same family since new and had therefore sentimental value.
Extreme map loss and broken plaster meant many hours work. Loose paper was removed and mounted on rice paper to be cleaned and repaired.
Smashed and missing plaster was replaced and made ready for replacement gores. New artwork scanned from a similar globe replaced missing sections.
After stabilising plaster work and re-mounting the gores, the globe could be cleaned with a combination PH neutral cleansing solutions to reveal the map as it would've appeared many generations ago.
After many days work , restoration is complete and the globe is now ready to face the next one hundred years of ownership within the same family.
It was common for certain globe makers to cover the cartouche of another companies globe and replace it with their own makers label, usually under license. This particular globe was in such poor condition that the new makers label was falling off.
The stand was in a fair condition, a little wood was missing from the horizon ring and all joints were loose. After repairing the horizon ring, it was then re-painted and stained. Horizon ring papers were disintegrating and were replaced with suitable facsimiles.
After cleaning the gores and replacing missing pieces, hand colouring ensured a uniform appearance . An ageing coat of lacquer gives the globe a convincing patina. All brass work, including finials and dials were carefully cleaned without disturbing the existing patina.