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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Holiday Buying Guide: Top 5 Globes for Children of All Ages

If your looking for an excellent way to educate or enhance ones understanding of the world we live, there is no better way than with a 3D representation as provided with a world globe. Packed with information, each globe provides both geopolitical information such as countries, states & provinces as well as 1,000's of named places and points of interest.
As each globe may have a specific purpose in the information it provides, we have put together this Top 5 list that may assist you with your selection. This list is comprised on some of the top selling models at Ultimate Globes in which we have considered hundreds of customer reviews in this selection.

Scout

This 12-inch spinning tabletop globe is perfect for your budget and fits easily into homes of all sizes.

While it doesn't take up much room, it does feature the world in full color with easy-to-read names for prominent places.

Scout II Illuminated
Country and state boundaries are represented, and students of all ages are given just enough detail to complete school assignments. If you want to keep it simple or appreciate more traditional globe designs, this is an affordable option to consider.

The Scout is also now available with or without Illumination. The Illuminated Scout II provides a great back light for reading the map in darker conditions, or serves well as a night light. The illuminated Scout II has LED lighting, so there is no need to change the bulb. It also has an inline switch on the cord to turn it on or off. 



Earth & Constellation
It's a standard blue-oceans globe by day and an illuminated view of the sky by night. You can set this 9-inch spinning globe on any table and use it for educational purposes throughout the day, but your kids will want to spend more time with it when the lights go out. 

In addition to showing the current position of water bodies, countries and states, it lights up to show the position of constellations and stars. It does double duty by educating children about geography and assisting with astrology lessons.


This is the perfect globe to advance children's interest in exploring all aspects of their complex world. It's also a more compact model that will fit easily into smaller spaces. 

This is a great gift to accompany a telescope. In addition this globe can run on batteries or the included AC adapter.




Globe 4 Kids
This 10-inch tabletop globe keeps education fun by marking the world with animals and other illustrations and illuminating for explorations in the dark. Light it up at bedtime and allow your child to point to a country in which you will set your bedtime story, or simply use it as a nightlight.

The illustrations on this globe are perfect for getting younger children interested in geography, but it still offers the detail that older kids may need to complete school assignments. It weighs about two pounds, so kids can easily move it from room to room as needed.


                                                      #4 - Intelliglobe II Deluxe
Intelliglobe

If you're searching for a tabletop globe that serves as a modern educational tool, this 12-inch interactive globe may suit your needs. It features 18 interactive features that allow school-aged children and adults to explore geography through trivia questions and games. It has an updated style that makes it look more like a spinning video game than a standard globe.

If you're struggling to get your child interested in learning resources, this is one tool that may grab their attention. While it does provide detail needed to complete educational assignments, you can also just let your children play with it so that they learn by default. The Intelliglobe II Deluxe is only available for 2015 and has a limited production run, so purchase this item early as it may be out of stock before Thanksgiving.



Levitating Globe

This globe measures less than four inches, but it has a superpower that will grab the attention of younger children: levitation. Your kids will easily figure out how to make their globe rise up and hang in the air, perfectly positioned between a sturdy base and overhead arm. 

Lights on the base add to the charm when levitation is achieved, and the globe returns to the base when interactive play is over.

The levitating globe is one of the most affordable and fun options for children today, but it doesn't provide the detail that you'll find on many of the other globes featured on this list. 

You may consider offering this as a gift to a younger child so that they don't feel left out by the larger globe you give to an older child. This gets everyone excited about exploring our world. This globe includes an AC adapter as its electric source.

If you want to give every member of your household, grandchild or a family friend a fun educational resource this holiday season, place your order today and wrap it up. 

Of course at Ultimate Globes we pride ourselves on being specialists of all things globe, so if you have questions about the perfect children's globe for your home,contact us for more information.
 Or visit our site today to place your order online!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Holiday Buying Guide: Top 5 Floor Standing Globes That Make Perfect Gifts

Summer is over! As the leaves are beginning to turn (depending on your location), thoughts everywhere are beginning to turn toward the Holiday season. It's never too early to start planning for Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas!

As you're beginning to think about a special gift for a special someone, allow us to help. Today in our holiday buying guide, we'll feature 5 floor standing globes that make perfect presents.


Landen Globe
Landen Globe 16-Inch

First is the 16-inch Landen Globe, a perfect accent piece or feature for a study, home office or den. Sold exclusively by Ultimate Globes, if features an up-to-date antique style raised relief world globe that offers just enough color to easily distinguish countries and draw attention, along with a Walnut finish stand to hold up the globe and a heavy well designed metal base.

The manufacturer has listed over 4,000 names and points of interest on the globe, which stands just under 4 feet tall and weighs 25 pounds. If you act fast, you can get this gorgeous globe for half of its price! NOTE: This item is on limited availability!

Viking Expedition Globe 16-inch

Viking Globe
Looking for something more rustic? Viking Expedition counters with a bronze metallic-style globe and stand that includes a metal flat charcoal finish with an antique finished die-cast Meridian that
swings fully to allow for perfect vantage points.We especially love the details on this globe, which includes a compass design feature below the globe ball.

Like the Landen Globe, the Viking Expedition creation is exclusively available at Ultimate Globes, features over 4,000 place and point of interest names, and is currently available at an excellent price. It really is quite the bargain compared to similar 16-inch floor standing globes.

Heathrow Globe

Heathrow Executive Globe 12-inch

Marin Globe
Whereas the Landen Globe and Viking Expedition Globe above both cater to very specific design styles, the Heathrow Executive Globe is nothing if not adaptable. The stand, with an overall sleek 38 inches hight, is both slender and elegant, holding a 12 inch diameter antique-style globe ball.

The Meridian is designed in brushed silver, contrasting nicely with the dark wood stand and making this globe a perfect fit for either classical or modern room designs. Thanks to its slender stand and 12 inch globe, this model fits well into a room even if space is limited.







Marin Globe 16-Inch

Back to 16 inch globes, the Marin Globe is a perfect choice if the owner-to-be yearns for the days of explorer. Looking at this model, with its wrought iron finish, full swing meridian and antique style globe ball, it's difficult not to imagine it in the captain's cabin of some famous
explorer's ship.

Our U.S. customers will especially appreciate the individual state boundaries featured on this globe. But regardless of your home, it's difficult not to love features like the wrought iron stand, the antique style meridian and the overall rustic finish. It's rare to find a contemporary globe that so evokes the days of sea exploration.


Lancaster Globe (non-illuminated)
     Lancaster Globe 12-Inch

Finally, we finish with a globe that just might be the perfect amalgamation of all of the models above. The Lancaster Globe is slender, but still plenty stylish enough to make for the perfect centerpiece in any home or office.

The cherry-finished stand is crafted with astonishing attention to detail, as are the 4,000+ individually named places and points of interest on the 12 inch, bronze metallic raised relief globe ball.

A full swing, die cast numbered meridian ensures that you can use the globe to explore the world, including all 50 individual U.S. states. In short, it's a perfect gift for anyone with an insatiable wanderlust or simple appreciation of our world. The Lancaster is also available in an illuminated model if adding a little light is something that would be appreciated.

What gifts are you giving your special someone this holiday season? Make it a globe, and we're sure it will be a gift to remember.

Of course, the above 5 models are just a few of the many globes in our collection, so don't hesitate to contact us if you'd love further information about the infinite possibilities when it comes to buying globes!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Holiday Buying Guide: Top 5 Tabletop Globe Gifts

You've decided that you want to purchase a globe for a friend, family member, or teacher for the holidays. Unfortunately, when you started the search process to choose a globe, you discovered that you had no idea where to start!

This holiday buying guide will give you a look at the Top 5 Tabletop Globes and how to choose the one that's right for your recipient.
Desoto


Desoto

The Desoto globe is one of the least-expensive tabletop globe options that will give you everything you need. It comes complete with 4,000+ named cities, countries, and other places of interest, so you'll know that it will be easy to find the places you really need on the globe.

The gorgeous round base has a dark walnut finish that will go wonderfully in any office or classroom, and the antique-style oceans combine with a classic color scheme to give this globe a beautiful appearance that will have geography fans itching to get                                                        their hands on it. The Desoto globe is 12" in diameter.


Monarch
Monarch

The Monarch globe takes class and elegance to a new level. This gorgeous globe uses shades of black, grey, and silver to showcase all the relevant locations, while a full-swing meridian makes this a user-friendly globe that is easy to use without picking it up.
Even the base is a beautifully appointed deep veined marble adorned in shades of black and grey: that will be at home with any modern style of decor. The Monarch, like the Desoto, is approximately 12" in diameter; however, the additional space for the meridian and base takes the Monarch to 16" high and 14" wide. Like the Rockford globe featured next, the Monarch is in limited production, so grab it while it is available.


                                                      Rockford

The Rockford combines the best of the Monarch and the Desoto. This larger globe, with its 16" diameter, comes complete with a swinging meridian that will make it easy to view the entire globe without picking it up.

Like the Desoto, it displays more than 4,000 labeled places of interest, all with an antique finish that reminds the viewer of the ancient nature of the earth. The Rockford globe has a matte black base and meridian. It is a limited production run and is an excellent value for the size!


Peninsula
Peninsula Globe

The Peninsula is a gorgeous globe that will bring a touch of style and elegance to any home office or den. The pagoda-style base in dark cherry displays the 12" globe to full effect. The Peninsula displays not only places of interest, but also ocean topography.

These features, which aren't shown on many traditional globes, make the Peninsula stand out from the crowd.

It's also noted that the Peninsula is updated each time a new cycle is produced to ensure that owners of this gorgeous globe have access to the most up-to-date political boundaries possible.

Livingston Globe
Livingston

The Livingston is a globe that would be at home in any setting, delighting all with its bright colors and easy-to-read labels when illuminated. See two different style maps; a physical map when not illuminated and a geo-political map when illuminated (as shown).

Designed to maintain a nostalgic feeling for old-time globes, complete with all the features on them, this blue-ocean globe nevertheless offers a unique view of the earth when not illuminated--much like the one seen when astronauts look down from space.

The Livingston is 16" tall with a 12" globe ball, making it the perfect size for any tabletop.

Whether you're looking for a classic classroom globe or a stylish addition to your office, there's a globe choice for you. Antique finishes, blue oceans, or modern black and white: whatever style you prefer, you can select a globe to match.

With each globe, you'll get the same high quality and attention to detail that you expect.

Still not sure which globe is right for you? With over 250,000 customers and 50 years of combined experience, count on Ultimate Globes to assist you with any questions.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fun Ideas for Decorating with Globes

A globe is one item that can be used in nearly any room of your home to create a unique look. Here are some ideas for decorating with globes you may want to try.
Create a Focal Point
Use globes in varying sizes to draw attention to a particular area by placing them in groups on an end table, coffee table or the top shelf of a bookcase. Accent your focal piece by hanging one or two maps in corresponding prints on a nearby wall. Other ways you can use globes to create a focal point are:
  • Filling a tall wire basket with miniature globes, then placing a round wooden or glass top over it to make a table.
  • Hanging globes from the ceiling, either singly or in groups. You could even turn globes into pendant lights to add charm to a child’s bedroom or play area.
  • Mounting them onto an empty wall at varying heights

Accessorize
Globes make some great accessories for your home. Some ideas you may want to try are:
Hardwin Airplane Globe
Hardwin Airplane Globe
  • Cutting an old globe in half, then filling with sand and seashells to dress up a nautical-themed room
  • Using half of an old globe as a bowl, which can be used to hold pine cones, leaves, and miniature pumpkins to create an autumn centerpiece for your table
  • Installing a light kit so your globe can be used as a reading lamp or nightlight
  • Stacking books vertically on a bookshelf, and then placing a small globe atop them. Alternatively, you could also use a matching pair of globes as bookends.

If you’d rather not repurpose old globes, you can purchase ones that are specially designed to function as other objects. For example, you may want a bar globe to use while entertaining, or prefer to buy a 16 to 20-inch illuminated floor globe rather than making your own lamp.
Mercator 1541 Globe
Mercator 1541 Globe
Vintage Look
For many people, what is most appealing about globes is their vintage look. There are plenty of unique ways to use antique-style globes in your décor, such as:
  • Stacking vintage suitcases in a corner, and then topping them with a single globe
  • Placing a globe atop an antique wardrobe in your entryway or foyer
  • Situating miniature globes inside a curio cabinet next to other collectibles
  • Sitting a globe on top of a child’s school desk that has been brightly painted to match

Color Scheme
Globes come in various hues of blue, beige and red that are ideal for decorating nearly any room. Try to pick one of the main colors in your globe for the wall, and then accessorize by adding throw rugs, curtains or pillows in a complimentary color. You could even paint your globe stand a brighter hue of blue or red to help accent some of the colors in it.
Adding Maps
Antique Style Wall Map
Antique Style Wall Map
Many people use maps along with their globe décor, in which case you could choose a shade of blue or red for its frame. You could even cover the front of a dresser with a beige map, and then paint the top and sides a shade of pale blue to better match your globe.
Old maps are sometimes used to cover window shades. A solid color valance underneath a window cornice that is used to hold one or more globes will help tie everything together rather nicely.
The number of ways you can use globes in your decorating is nearly endless. The key is to find the right globes to suit your taste and your home’s personality, which is where we come in. Please feel free to contact us in order to see the huge selection of globes we have available.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Why Globes are Still So Important and Meaningful for Today's Children

Many people these days just don't appreciate the power of globes. Unfortunately, many of these are children, but in today's social-media driven and Internet-connected world, globes provide a variety of vital cultural understanding advantages. Read on to find out why globes are meaningful today and why your child's access to one of these vital educational tools can be beneficial.
Students are Lagging Behind in Geography
It's old news, but it's not getting any better: children are failing at geography. As test scores continually plummet, many children struggle to point out their home state on a globe, let alone the countries around the globe that have been the center of so many current events.
Globes can help boost your child's geography skills by giving them an accurate rendering of the world. This is especially true if you buy a more updated globe: while our school globes may have been useful to us in 1981, children are going to be confused by the inclusion of the Soviet Union, Eastern European changes and the renaming of other key areas.
Hugg A Planet
Hugg A Planet
Helps Make Connections Between Current Events
As mentioned many children suffer from is a lack of perspective on the current events that are shaping their lives. Simply put, they can't possibly grasp that impact if they can't visualize the location. And that's problematic: as these children grow into the leaders of the world, a lack of cultural perspective may lead them to inaccurate understandings.
A globe will instantly give them a better grasp on these events by putting the world into perspective. For example, you could point out where countries are located in the middle east to give them a better understanding of where so many of our soldiers are located or have served their country.
Helps a Child Gain Global Perspective
Earth & Constellations Globe
Beyond the impact a globe has a child's understanding of current events, it can also serve as a reminder of just how big the Earth is and the distance between various countries. For example you could point out China, a country that is almost literally around the world, and discuss how different life is over there for children their age.
Next, point out more isolated locations, such as Australia or the Galapagos Islands, and teach them about the animals specific to their regions. Simply hearing about the Tasmanian Devil is pretty cool, but seeing where it makes its home (and how far that is from their home) will engage a child and create a more global perspective that can't be beat.
Useful Travel Guide
If your child has traveled with your across the world or just the country, you can use a globe as a way to show where they've been. After all, sitting in a car or flying in a plane for hours doesn't give you an accurate perspective of the great distances you've traveled.
For example, if you're from Maine and you drove your children to California, you can point out your route and indicate each state they've visited. Discuss the cities where you stopped and briefly remember what you did there to give your child a more thorough understanding of the nation.
Pioneer Globe
Look Cool as a Decoration
All right, this point isn't nearly as serious as the others, but it's still relevant. Globes simply look cool in any kid's room. They are large, round, colorful, and simply dominate the eye. If your child is looking for an immediate boost in room style, try a globe. Better yet, consider investing in one that lights up in the dark: these make cool reading lamps or night lights.
Clearly, the world of globes is much more complex and emotionally powerful than one would have ever imagined. Their benefits are hard to deny, which is why you should feel free to contact us or visit our online store if you're interested in owning a globe. We offer a wide variety of style options that should be right for you and your home.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top 5 Replogle Globes for Men: Masculine Style and Placements for the Home or Office

Replogle has become one of the top makers of quality globes in the world while still making them affordable. They've also managed to create globes with beautiful, unique style and specific designs that appeal to every demographic. A surprising demo they cater to you perhaps didn't think existed any more for globe sales is men. While you may think men buying globes was a pastime done a century or more ago, it's never really gone away. You'd be surprised at how strong the market is for globes with masculine stylistic touches.

If you want to buy the man in your life a globe, or if you're a man yourself and want to buy a globe for your home or office, Replogle makes globes just for you. It's proof of how diverse Replogle is now in globe manufacturing and what they offer everyone in better appreciating our planet.

Take a look at our Top 5 Replogle globes for men, the unique features of each one, plus proper placements for them at work or in a home.

Replogle's Freedom Globe
Freedom Globe


The epic symbol of an eagle for freedom belongs to everyone, though when used in design, it's perfect for masculine tastes. When an eagle gets used as the base of a globe, it also becomes symbolic in other ways, including patriotism and reflecting love of wildlife.

If you have a man in your life with both a proud sense of patriotism and a respect for eagles in nature, this globe makes for a beautiful gift. With the eagle made of resin, you have a durable and sturdy base made of cherry-finished wood that lets you place this virtually anywhere.

For a man who wants to show off his patriotic pride, placing this on a conference table or on his desk in an office suite sets off an immediate impression. The globe itself is also impressive with raised relief so he gains a real-world perspective of geography. With political boundaries listed, it can invoke some interesting conversations.

Livingston Globe
The Livingstone Globe by Replogle

The Livingstone Globe is perfect for a man who likes tradition in his office or home globe. It resembles many of the globes he likely grew up with blue oceans and accurate colors representing the continents. At the same time, it has a masculine round wooden base so it looks perfect for his office suite if he has visitors often.

Many people prefer a globe that looks exactly how earth gets seen from space. This one does the job and will always start conversations when a man has business associates visit him in his office. It's also perfect for reference on conference tables if planning international business connections.

The Replogle Premier Globe
Premier Globe
Premier Globe


Another great globe with superior masculine design doubles as a place to store a World Atlas to complement the globe's use. With a cherry-finished base that's designed as a nook, a man can store an atlas in there for easy retrieval. Combined with this beautiful raised relief globe, it's yet another perfect gift for males truly interested in the world around them.

As above, it's also a handy tool when planning international business associations and needing to understand more about each country.
Atlas Globe
Atlas Globe
Atlas Globe by Replogle

Sometimes a man wants a globe with a strong artistic sensibility like the eagle base above. On the Atlas Globe, it's a small-scale sculpture of the mythological character Atlas. He's the entire base on this globe with a dramatic pose of holding modern Earth up on his shoulders.

The sculpture of Atlas has bronze resin materials for the ultimate in durability and class. Any man will love this on his desk at home, or for just proud display on a bookshelf in an office suite. It sets an immediate symbolic gesture about the challenges the world faces today.

Replogle's Leather Expedition Globe
Leather Expedition Globe


There isn't anything more masculine than leather, and this globe uses a two-toned leather finish on its surface for the ultimate in style. If your man has a leather obsession around his home office or at work, this complements it all exceptionally.

Lest you think it's all style over substance, though, the globe itself is highly detailed and easy to use for global referencing. It's both an educative tool and a perfect element of interior decorating, which is a rare combination.

Contact us here at Ultimate Globes to find out more about Replogle globes and the numerous styles they come in for any person or particular use.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

American Explorers of the Sea and Ice: Robert Gray and Matthew Henson

The idea of sailing on the seven seas have always carried a weight of mystery and mythology. For some, just the sight of the ocean can evoke that sense of wonder and longing.
It's not surprising then that many of the greatest American explorers took to the sea. Two of these explorers have gone down in history for their achievements:
  • Captain Robert Gray commanded the first U.S. ship to circumnavigate the globe, and he discovered the Columbia River, which gave the U.S. claim to Oregon territory.
  • Matthew Henson was the first African-American and one of the first explorers in history, along with Robert E. Peary, to sail into the icy North and reach the farthest point north on the globe on the North Pole.
 
And the stories behind these achievements are remarkable -- full of wonder, adversity, triumph, and terrible tragedy.
Robert Gray
Like many of the American seafaring explorers of his time, Robert Gray began his adventures while serving in the military in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution. While working for a Massachusetts trading company, he captained the ship "Lady Washington," and then the larger vessel "Columbia."
It was with these ships that Gray sailed from Massachusetts south past South America, around the treacherous Cape Horn where Atlantic meets the Pacific, and then up the South American coast to the Pacific Northwest, including California, Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver. After fur-trading, he sailed across the Pacific, stopping in Hawaii to rest (then called the Sandwich Islands), and then to a city called Canton -- now called Guangzhou -- in China. After trading with the Chinese, he continued west through the Pacific Ocean, into the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope of Africa, and then across the Atlantic back to Massachusetts.
He became the first American to circumnavigate the globe. His trailblazing prepared the way for future expeditions from other American explorers and merchants. During his exploration of the Pacific Northwest, he also discovered the Columbia River, which was named after his ship. When he returned to Boston, the citizens paraded Gray through the city to celebrate his accomplishments, and Governor John Hancock held a reception in Gray's honor.
But it would not be the only time that Gray would circumnavigate the globe. According to Britannica: "after his return in July 1793, he spent the remainder of his career commanding merchant vessels along the Atlantic coast." He died at sea in 1806 near Charleston, South Carolina.
His legacy, however, is not all parades and honors. Tragically, he attacked several native populations during his explorations of the Pacific Northwest. Some were in self-defense; but, as history records, some were not. In 2005, descendants of Gray apologized to the descendents of some of the natives that were victims at Gray's hands, as recorded by The Seattle Times.
Matthew Henson
Matthew Henson, an African-American, was orphaned at age 11, and by age 13, he was a cabin boy on a ship. He learned to read and write on the ship, with the help of the captain. After 24 years of living a life of adventure on the sea, Henson met Robert E. Peary and joined the famous explorer on his first trip to the Arctic. Henson then roamed in the Arctic for seven years and logged 9,000 miles on dogsleds. In 1906, they tried and failed to reach the North Pole on a ship called the Roosevelt.
A few years later, they tried again. According to National Geographic, they brought a tremendous amount of supplies and personnel with them:
"Henson and Peary boarded the Roosevelt with 22 Inuit men, 17 Inuit women, 10 children, 246 dogs, 70 tons (64 metric tons) of whale meat from Labrador, the meat and blubber of 50 walruses, hunting equipment, and tons of coal...and 130 dogs working to lay a trail and supplies along the route to the Pole."
By this time, Henson was, in Peary's words, "more of an Eskimo than some of them." Henson had developed superb hunting and sled-driving abilities, and he could speak their language fluently.
They finally reached the North Pole -- the first adventurers in history to do so (making Henson the first African-America to the North Pole) -- On April 6, 1909. National Geographic describes their triumph this way: "Henson arrived at Camp Jesup, 89°47', 45 minutes ahead of Peary, concluding by dead reckoning that he had reached the Pole. Henson greeted Peary, 'I think I'm the first man to sit on top of the world.'
Contact us to explore our remarkable inventory of high quality globes that will inspire you and your family to learn more about American explorers -- and maybe embark on some adventures of your own!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Decorative Globes Make Great Housewarming Gifts: Bringing Unique Decor to Your Interior Design

Monarch Globe
Perhaps you've never given thought to the idea that decorative globes make great housewarming gifts to those buying a new home. That's possibly because you've lost sight of what globes once provided for both establishing home decor and being a conversational tool. Both of those concepts still integrate well in homes once you see what globes can do to elevate interior design.

Those who choose to bring globes into their homes as a decorative option adhere to the generational linkage globes provide. You've likely seen plenty of old pictures showing giant floor globes in Victorian-era homes and libraries. Globes were around even before that, including in paintings depicting aristocratic abodes of the 18th century or before.

Even in those eras, globes had decorative uses and as points of conversation about the known world. Today, with satellite technology, globes are completely accurate with advanced informational markings so you get a better world perspective.

While we sell globes with many special features for home or school use here at Ultimate Globes, we also want you to see the decorative possibilities. You can find some of this in our beautiful bar globes, as well as others that bring class to any room. At the same time, these globes guarantee starting conversations, which is what makes any housewarming party worth attending.

Bar Globes

You've never likely thought you could buy a globe with an embedded mini bar. We've offered these for a while, and they've become major hits as housewarming gifts. One reason is because of their varying styles, including an old world design that makes them look like nautical maps from the 16th century.
Capri Bar Globe
If you have an interior design incorporating old world elements, these globes fit in perfectly. However, they look great even in modern designs as a creative way to contrast two different eras. They also become major points of interest once you reveal where the bar is.

By simply opening the top section of the globe, you have access to a beautiful mini bar where you can store glasses and bottles. Many of them have sturdy bases on the bottom that allow you to store more bottles for easy access to your favorite wines or bourbon.

As you and your friends sit down together for a drink, you can  admire the detailed artwork these bar globes have. Almost all of these globes have antique frescoes inside, which any art aficionado will love. As such, you can have some refreshing discussions about the world and how much it's changed since the time depicted in these bar globes.
With most bar globes portable, they're easy to place in a special location within your home. You can buy them from us at reduced prices, which isn't easy to find anywhere else.

Other Decorative Globes

We carry many other globes here that help decorate a home to new aesthetic levels. Some of these include our popular gemstone globes where you can use a globe with different colors and in different contexts. The gemstones are beautiful enough, though you can find ones designed as bookends, paperweights, plus in floor globe style.
Austin Globe with Antique Oceans
Even traditional floor globes help add to traditional room designs seen in centuries past. You'll find floor globes that illuminate to help light a dark corner of a room. Or, you can find ones with different size bases with quality wood materials to match the color scheme of your surrounding furniture.

All made with quality materials, you never have to worry about maintenance other than general cleaning.

Contact us here at Ultimate Globes if you need to find a decorative globe for yourself or as a gift. You won't find a better place to find globes at affordable price levels, plus with the best globe makers in the world.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Discover the Diplomat Globe - The World's Most Detailed Globe

Diplomat Blue Ocean Globe
When you're in the business of globes, not much surprises you. Here at Ultimate Globes, we all share a passion in the world of travel and maps, and we've all seen thousands of globes, from small children's globes to large, centerpiece-type floor globes. But the Diplomat Globe by Replogle is different from all of them.

The World's Most Detailed Globe

Start with the fact that it houses over 20,000 individually named places of interest on its 32-inch diameter, making it undoubtedly the most detailed globe in the world. Yet, it's still easy to read, thanks in part to its back-light and the political style of its borders. The detail available on the map is almost too impressive to describe it in a single blog post; indeed, you could spend hours looking at the Diplomat Globe and still finding new descriptions and places.

A Handcrafted Masterpiece

Such a magnificent globe needs a fitting stand, so its cradle mount is almost as impressive as the globe itself. Handcrafted in the United States, it's constructed out of solid mahogany that stands 52 inches tall overall. The globe can spin freely left to right and vice versa, in addition to letting you "steer" it around its axis for full view of all parts of the earth. A brass meridian (also handcrafted, or course) allows you to determine latitude and longitude marks of the individual locations.

Speaking of handcrafted: no part of the globe is mass-produced. Even the map itself is overlaid on acrylic by hand, a process that takes several day for each globe.

Ideal Locations

Where do you place a masterpiece such as the Diplomat Globe? First, a reassurance: no matter what spot you choose as the home for this globe, it will attract the attention of anyone in the room thanks both to its size and its detail. That said, it works particularly well in reception rooms, offices and libraries, where its features are sure to be marveled at on a regular basis.
Diplomat Antique Ocean Globe

We would be remiss not to point out one thing: be sure that the room you choose to be the home for this globe has at least a 32 inch opening, otherwise the globe - let alone the stand - will not fit.

Custom Options

Of course, your location of choice may bring with them some needed adjustments. You may choose to place the Diplomat Globe in an area where no power outlet is readily available. In that case, we can custom-order the globe without its back-light for you, which eliminates the power cord at the bottom of the stand.

Because of its handcrafted, limited nature, choosing whether or not you like the back-light feature is not your only option for customization. depending on your preferences. You can also order the globe in either a contemporary blue or an antique color scheme, the latter giving you a true maritime feeling.

Marrying Function and Art

Over 500 years ago, the world's first globes were constructed to help seafarers navigate through the oceans. Their purpose was functional first and foremost. But what we love about globes is that since then, they have become so much more: they are pieces of art, sure to highlight the beauty of our planet and the creativity of their makers. Yet, they are still used in classrooms around the world to teach children about the planet they call home.

This marriage of functionality and art is unique, and it's why we at Ultimate Globes love the business we're in so much. And more than any other globe we've come across, the Diplomat Globe combines both in one magnificent masterpiece. Its 20,000 named places and exact political boundaries are nothing if not educational, packaged in a handcrafted design that will enhance and beautify any space around it. In other words, it epitomizes why we're in this business.

To learn more about the Diplomat Globe and to find the perfect globes for your needs, don't hesitate to contact us!