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German Braille Globe

c. 
1945

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Unusual and extremely rare tactile globe with labels in German Braille used as educational instrument at German schools for the blind during the mid 20th century. The globe utilises a simple raised relief for mountain ranges, which are highlighted with a brown paint. Continents, oceans and principal cities are labeled with simplified labels in braille. Rivers and cities are embossed, oceans have grooved surface to be easily distinguished from the land. Equator, prime meridian and tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are indicated by a raised line.

It is hard to date such globe precisely, however due to the materials used and design of the stand in combination with the dried paint forming little cracks, we estimate it was produced in 1940's to 1950's (some sources are dating it even a decade earlier). Some other sources indicate the globe was produced under a brand 'Wico', however this globe doesn't bare any logo.

The combination of the vibrant colours and materials used make for an outstanding decoration piece and a conversation starter for every avid globe collector.

Condition

Overall good condition with minor wear, minor scuffed area (around 1x1 cm) in Africa close to Equator. The original half meridian is likely replaced with custom made one.

Country
Germany
Materials
Wood, steel, plastic
Height
cm
cm
Diameter
30
cm
Sold
490
 €

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