RÄTH 13 inch Zeppelin globe, English edition, Germany 1936. From my own collection, this is a rare globe from the German maker Rath, printed in English, showing the transatlantic Zeppelin airship routes from Frankfurt to New York and Rio de Janeiro.
The major flying boat routes are also shown. It can be dated with reasonable confidence to 1936 as Italian East Africa, which came in to existence that year, is delineated by a series of hatched lines, suggesting a temporary printing solution.
Furthermore, following the Hindenburg disaster of 1937, all transatlantic Zeppelin traffic ceased. The globe is further distinguished by having a golden oak base (most were stained dark) with matching gold meridian. The globe is constructed from a pasteboard sphere with 12 hand applied paper gores and polar calottes. It is mounted on an aluminium half-meridian with aluminium finials, all painted gold, with boxwood polar caps. The design of the turned golden oak base is typical of the period, combining Art Deco motifs with simple Bauhaus styling.
The map shows areas of light wear, scuffing and staining but there is minimal loss and it is still fully legible. The varnish is still remarkably clear, so the colours, particularly of the oceans, are unaffected by the usual darkening. The map has been carefully cleaned with nicks and abrasions lightly restored; the meridian has also has been cleaned but without disturbing the patination.The base has been treated with a restorative solution and wax polished. The globe will be carefully packaged for posting; the base will be removed to make packing easier/safer but no tools will be required for reassembly. Dimensions Diameter 13 inches (330mm); base diameter 210mm; overall height 530mm. The item "RÄTH Rath 1936 vintage 13 inch world globe with Zeppelin routes, English version" is in sale since Monday, January 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\World & Celestial Globes".
The seller is "acollectedlife" and is located in Aylesbury. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.