How do I commission a globe?
To order – once you are on the website – click “find out more” to expand each section. Then you will see photos of globes and information as your mouse goes over each. Click in to the globe you would like – then you click “add to cart”, and then “checkout” using the shopping cart icon at top of the page.
This will book you in with a 50% deposit.
You can choose a generic 50% deposit on any sized globe which means you’d choose the colour and base material in the weeks or months to come.
Once booked in you would then get next steps from me (Jade) on what choices you have ahead. I will provide a detailed list of how you choose the personalisation you’d like and other options for your chosen globe.
You will go through a short and fun process of finalising your choices and designing your globe exactly as you’d like it. I will be your point of contact across all aspects from start to finish and remind you of any approaching deadlines to keep you on track for the earliest possible delivery date.
Once your globe is made and ready to ship we will invoice the final 50% + shipping and any other additions or changes you may have requested.
Same information with photos :
1. Scroll down to Collections or click “Collections” on opening page to be scrolled down. Choose the size you’d like. Here we are selecting 22cm for our smallest desktop globe and clicking “find out more”
2. As you run your mouse over each image you will see which base. With any base you can choose any colour. This tells you what price range you can expect and what wood. Click “Read More” to see more photos, pricing and information and to place a deposit. You can also place a generic deposit without choosing the base wood or colour. This will come via email to Jade after booking if you choose this route.
3. We’ve clicked into the “Walnut Standard” – using the Dropdown menu we’ve selected “Gagarin” which is the style of painting on the globe shown below. Up until the time we start making (you will have a clear approval process before we start) you can still change the colour or base.
Next you click “Add To Cart” and you will see a little shopping cart up top the screen add the item.
4. We have added this globe to our cart and clicked “View Cart” and now we can check out with a 50% deposit. Once you have done this Jade will email confirmation, a formal receipt, your estimated delivery date and your next steps.
It’s my husband’s / wife’s / lover’s / boss’s / birthday next week, i need a globe!!?
We are a small team and making globes the old fashioned way (slow!) We tend to be booked many months in advance. It is advisable to plan ahead if you are wanting to purchase a globe for an upcoming birthday, anniversary or holidays 6 months to a year in advance. We think we are well worth the wait!
We recently also added a few pre-made 22cm Mini Desk Globes. These globes do not have personalisation and cannot be personalise as far as the map. We usually have a handful of options of the most popular colours. Included in an order of one is an engraving on the disc which sits in the base. If you finalise your choice in colour (from what is available), base wood, and engraving we will aim to send out to you within days!
The ‘Quick Delivery Options’ can be found on our main website > collections. The last section. Use the drop downs to see what colours are available.
Otherwise we suggest that you place a deposit on a size of globe and we can then send a really special gift card that lets them know something bespoke is being made specially for them. You can also offer someone the opportunity to “design their own globe” and have them work one on one with us to choose colours, the base and the personalisation. Email for more information on this.
Why does shipping say ‘Manually calculated’?
In order to give you the best shipping price possible, we haggle the best rates with our shippers (DHL, UPS, FedEX)!
To save us and our customers the headache, we will work out your best shipping price after your deposit has been made. Which is then paid in the 2nd instalment before the globe is shipped.
Some of our most likely shipping rates for globes are below:
North or East London by courier : £28 – £38
South or West London by courier : £38
UK shipment (not close enough for a courier) : £48
Europe : £75
USA : £120
Canada : £130
Singapore : £120
Hong Kong & China : £150
Rest of the world : £150+
PLEASE NOTE that + £40 Coppa & Brass | + £20 Aluminium due to the weight.
36cm & Livingstone
North or East London by courier : £28 – £38
South or West London by courier : £38
UK (further than courier) : £90
Europe : £140
Australia : £220
America : £220
Canada : £240
Asia : £260
UAE : £260
Rest of the world : £260+
UK : £395
Europe : £550
Russia : £750
USA via FedEx : £950
Asia : £750
Rest of the world : £750 – £950
Courier in London (& UK) will be quoted or hand delivered by Bellerby & Co.
North America by Fedex : £1,500
Singapore : £850
Hong Kong : £950
Europe : £750
Russia : £950
Rest of the world : £950 – £1500
Courier in London (& UK) will be quoted or hand delivered by Bellerby & Co.
USA by FedEx : £1,500 – £2,000
Europe : £950
Russia : £1,250 – £1,500
Mexico : £1,750
UAE : £2,000
Australia : £2,000
Asia : £2,000 approx
Everywhere else in the world : £2,000 – £3,000
I want to get on the waiting list but i don’t know which globe i want?
Ideally you choose just the size of globe first (22cm, 36cm, 50cm, 80cm, 127cm).
From there you can place a deposit and we will schedule you in to the nearest delivery date.
We will then let you know the deadlines for final decisions, we will not start making your globe until you are confident and happy with all decisions and you will know of any approaching deadlines. We will work with you as needed to decide on colour, base, personalisation etc.
If you change your mind on anything up until the time we start making, it is no problem, we can adjust your booking and adjust your final invoice and go from there.
How is my globe sent?
The Mini Desk Globes, The Albion 360 & Livingstone globes come in a bespoke flight case which makes for great gift-giving. The larger globes have handcrafted crates built to safely hold and transport them. Larger globes in Europe or the UK.. we sometimes hand deliver them ourselves!
The Albion 500 also has the option of a hard case now. This is not recyclable and you should choose this option if you will use it for storage or moving. Otherwise use our wooden crates.
Shipping Restrictions | Taxes & Duties
We are unable to ship to P.O. Boxes.
Some countries require specific measures to ship to. Please enquire so we can help you.
Please note we do not cover taxes or duties.
Our globes are one of a kind works of art which mean they should ship tax free to the US, though you will still be required to fill out paperwork to release your globe from customs if it is valued over $1,500.
If you refuse delivery or your delivery is returned to us because the shipper was unable to deliver – or you have not filled out customs paperwork in time – you will be responsible for all costs to re-ship.
Please make sure your shipping address is correct, we cannot guarantee that it is possible to re-direct an order once it has left us.
We ship fully insured at value, we cannot mark our globes at 0 value / or mark them as a gift to avoid taxes or duties.
We remove VAT for shipments outside of the UK.
What colours do you offer?
Options are endless. You will see colour options along with each listing under “collections” but more below –
Some helpful PDF’s :
22cm Mini Desk Globe : Colour Options Matte
Albion 360 & Albion 500 + 800 : Colour Options
Livingstone : Colour Options Livingstone
Large globes : The Britannia & Galileo
Any colour you see on any size can be done on any other size.
**There may be a small additional cost if you commission a globe in a colour that we have never done before, this will be so that we can test colours and send you options to ensure we create what you have in mind!
What is the largest / hugest / biggest world globe?
The Churchill is the best large globe option and the biggest handcrafted modern globe available for commission.
It is 127cm (50 inch) in diameter and can be made in any colour and with endless options of bases.
How does it work when i request personalisation?
When it comes to cartography edits, travel routes and hand drawn illustrations – you will see a digital mock-up to feed back on before details are finalised on the globe itself.
The mock up will be in black and white so you can approve sizing, placement and style of illustrations.
You will either approve or request changes until we get everything as you imagined it.
Requests can come along with your order or up until 3 months before your estimates delivery date. To start the process – you can send through requests via email to Jade in list form i.e. –
1, Make the lettering of Paris RED
2. Add the date 10.10.50 below Berlin
3. Illustrate a Camel in Morocco
Can I add illustrations?
Sea monsters in the oceans, your favourite family photo, love letters in the Pacific Ocean, turtles in the Galapagos, pyramids in Giza, sailboats.… we can do anything.
**We have very talented illustrators working for us, please enquire about possibilities, costs and timeframes for completion.
Examples attached are on a 50cm Britannia with a gloss finish in the colour Regency Blue. You can specify the sizing of your illustrations, style, colourful or more muted, sepia tones etc. Smaller places (New York City etc) will always require illustrations off the coast in the ocean.
The example above also has changes to the cartography like place names in a differing colour and changed markers.
Why is there a sound when i spin my globe?
You are not damaging your globe by spinning it on the bearings and the there is meant to be a sound. This is the bearings we have chosen to pair best with our rotational globes.
These are the best available and designed bearings for purpose. The main ball the globe sits on is made of phenolic resin (like a snooker ball), and beneath there is a chamber of smaller (re-circulating) balls to enable the multi directional movement. This will create a sound ranging from gravelly (bass) to sandy (tenor), depending on the weight of the base and its dampening effect. Wooden bases for instance have a louder and higher pitch than metal bases. The heavier a base (and globe) is the more any sound is dampened.
The globes that have bearings are the Albion 360’s (all sizes), The Curve, The Whittaker – all bases where you can spin the globe in any direction unrestricted and lift the globe easily from its base.
Why are some globes matte and some gloss?
Our traditional style globes which spin on an axis – the Livingstone, the Britannia, the Galileo – these can all be finished in a matte, gloss or satin finish.
Over the years gloss has been more popular with these three styles but we love both.
Gloss really brings out colours but if you have overhead lighting in the room it will be in – or want to achieve a more modern look – you may prefer matte.
Matte is the only option recommended for all ball-bearing “multi-directional” globes due to the design. A gloss finish could mark up over time from sitting on the bearings.
What can I engrave, and where?
**The Mini Desk Globes include an engraving on the copper plate that sits in the base. This is included in the price and holds up to 60 characters.
**The Livingstone Desk Globe includes a hand-engraved message on the brass arm of the globe. This holds up to 30 characters.
**The Britannia and Galileo globes in the traditional bases includes a hand engraved message around the brass meridian around the globe we recommend a commissioning mark like names, dates or favourite quotes.
**For an extra cost we can engrave the brass, aluminium, copper or marble bases directly into the outside surface. Options are endless!
If you have ordered a globe already and have not sent through your engraving details, email [email protected] –
Examples are :
I know which globe i want, now what?
After placing a deposit on the size of globe you would like, we will be in touch to go through all the further options that might be available to you.
This will include :
What is the difference between The Britannia and The Galileo?
The Britannia is 50cm and the The Galileo is 80cm – they are both floor standing globes.. it really depends on what size you prefer and how dominant you want the globe to be in your room. Please phone or email to discuss further base options and colour options.. we have done many variations. A helpful PDF here as well : Floor Standing Globes linked here.
We recently have added a 65cm diameter floor standing globe – perfect for those who feel the Britannia is too small and the Galileo too large.
What is the Meridian for? And how do you look up a place on the globe based on latitude and longitude?
Because a globe is round with no beginning or end, there are two imaginary reference lines from which all distances and locations are determined – the equator and prime meridian. Both the equator and the prime meridian intersect at point “0”, where all numbering starts with longitude and latitude lines.
Locations are uniquely identified on a globe by the point where the longitude and latitude lines intersect, i.e., Dallas, Texas is located 33º north (latitude) 97º west (longitude). Equator: Runs east and west around the exact middle of the globe.
Prime Meridian: Imaginary line running from pole to pole and passing through Greenwich, England. Longitude: Imaginary lines running parallel with the prime meridian through each pole and numbered in 15º increments. Latitude: Imaginary lines running around the globe parallel to the equator and are numbered at 10º or 15º increments.
Our 50cm, 65cm, 80cm and 127cm globes have the option of a traditional base. These have a full circle solid hand engraved brass ring called a meridian and they are numbered in degrees from 0º at the equator to 90º at either pole.
Originally, meridians were used to help locate positions on the globe as well as hold the globe in place within the base.
What is the Horizon Band? What is on the table around the floor standing globes?
What is the difference between a Mini Desk Globe and a Livingstone Desk Globe?
The Mini Desk Globes are 22cm and sit on ball bearings for a 360 degree spin. The Livingstone is 36cm in diameter and sits on a traditional base.
We make globes that spin 360 degrees in a fluid motion by hand in all sizes (22cm, 36cm, 50cm, 65cm, 80cm and 127cm).
The larger the globe the more level of detail with the painting, the Livingstone has more washes of colour.
The Livingstone when on it’s original base has a gloss finish while the Mini Desk Globes have a matte finish. The Livingstone includes an option for a hand engraved message on the brass arm that holds to globe while the Mini Desk Globe has a copper plate in the base that can be engraved.
Helpful PDF’s :
A good source for the Mini Desk Globes linked here.
A good source for colours on the more traditional 36cm Livingstone linked here.
And the larger Floor Standing Globes linked here.
What is the difference between the Mini Desk Globe and The Albion?
Mini Desk Globe is the name for all our 22cm globes that sit on bases with 3 semi-hidden ball bearings for a 360 degree spin.
The Albion is the name we gave to a slimmer base – which we think it has a more modern and contemporary feel while the thicker base is more traditional.
The Albion is available is a wide range of locally sourced as well as exotic woods and metals.
Sizing for the Albion Desktop Globes is 22cm, 36cm, 50cm, 65cm, 80cm and 127cm in diameter. Base woods available differ size to size but you can have any colour you see across any size when it comes to the globes and all sizes can be personalised.
How much are additions to the cartography of the world map?
We include 10 cartography edits with our 22cm globes and 20 cartography edits with our 36cm and larger globes.
For more extensive personalisation please enquire when you place your order and you will receive a quote the same day.
How often do you update your maps?
We update our maps before every print. With each and every globe being made bespoke to order this is simple for us to do and part of our process.
We are always happy to answer any questions or concerns in the lead-up to your globe being made. When you place an order you will have an estimated delivery date – please request any changes 3 months or more before this date. You will be made aware of any deadlines and part of the process throughout.
Although the names or boundaries of countries can change due to wars or other political upheavals, most changes are simple name changes.
Globes can take between a few weeks to a few months to make and the map will be current at the time of printing.
Where can I see your globes?
A small selection of Mini Desk Globes & Livingstone Desk Globes are available in the Great Writing Room at Harrods (they often sell out so best call ahead).
You can see a few limited edition / special edition collections at Linley. Sizes are 22cm, 36cm and 50cm.
Because we love the idea of your globe being made bespoke for you – we focus mainly on taking orders direct at our London studio. Off the shelf globes make up a very small percentage of what comes out of our studio.
How to i find our more about your process?
Will you teach me to make a globe?
We are a busy and small studio, working away to fill our orders. Any down time is devoted to training our long-term apprentices or working on new design ideas to ensure our company continues to grow.
It takes our apprentices over 6 months to learn just the process of applying the gores to a sphere, there is not much we could teach in a day or two.. and globes are made in stages.. they require drying and resting time.. so apologies but no we are not offering that!
How do I become a globemaker?
Learning the globe-making profession requires patience, skill and dedication.
Apprentices at Bellerby & Co. can expect to train for 6 months before accomplishing the demanding standards we strive to uphold in all aspects of our craft.
From original cartography and goring, to watercolours and carpentry, globemaking is a truly multi-disciplined career.
We are not currently looking for any new team members but we are always interested to hear from talented potential candidates.
If you would like to get in contact, please send a copy of your cv and a brief description of yourself to [email protected]
Are you open to visitors?
As a small working studio, we are currently only open to customers by appointment only.
Owing to popular demand, we will be organising open-house events in the upcoming future. To register your interest please email [email protected]
Do you store credit card details?
No. We do not store credit card details.
When will my globe be delivered?
Please get in touch, our lead times change month to month depending on what orders we are working through. We are always booked a few months ahead on all sized globes. Often the lead time can be around 6-9 months or more.
Where can i see your globes, do you have a shop?
We create each globe in a busy working studio – so we are not open to the public day to day and we do not have a store or keep stock.
All globes are made bespoke to order, to arrange a meeting regarding a commission please contact [email protected] If you are interested in a tour – please email to be notiifed of any future open hour events.
Is Bellerby & Co a British company?
Yes, we are based in North London, and all of our globes are crafted by hand in our studio.
We ship worldwide from London.
What materials do you use?
Designed to last many lifetimes, we use only the finest quality materials. Our globes are made up from
durable plaster, resins, grp, solid brass, Schminke colour pigments, PH neutral glue, and sustainable wood.
What should I be careful of when my globe arrives? Care information?
If you are ordering a large globe, please make sure to open the wooden crate carefully. The globes are heavy, for the 80cm Curve definitely a very strong person or 2 to lift the globe on to it’s base.
Again using the 80cm Curve as an example, please make sure to lift the globe and place gently on to the base without hitting the globe itself against the metal corners. When moving the metal base lift and carry rather than drag.
For all globes – they can be cleaned with a DRY clean cloth. There is a protective resin or gloss but water is best kept off the globe. Remember that it is made of paper and hand painted.
All globes should be kept out of direct sunlight and away from wall or space heaters.
Treat the globe as you would any artwork – it is made to be touched but keeping it in the right environment will ensure it can be enjoyed by future generations and passed down as a pristine heirloom.
How do I make a purchase?
To discuss a commission please phone +44 (0) 20 8800 7235, or by email [email protected] – we will usually be back to you within a few hours.
We will talk you through the process and answer any questions.
You can purchase your globe or pay a deposit directly online or email with your selection to be formally invoiced. We require 50% payment as a deposit, and 50% before delivery.
Which payment methods do you accept?
To purchase a Mini Desk Globe online we accept all credit and debit cards or you can pay directly through PayPal. We can also take payment by BACS or Credit Card (all major credit cards).
Is it safe to use my card on your website?
Yes absolutely. To help ensure a safe and secure shopping journey, Bellerby & Co. protects all customer information.
When you place orders, our systems work with the browser software on your computer to establish a secure, encrypted connection using an Internet-standard technology called SSL.
Which countries do you ship to?
We ship direct from our London Studio, to every country in the world!
Can you customise my globe?
Yes, a globe is a fantastic way to commemorate a special occasion or compliment a decoration scheme.
We can help customise colours, add a hand engraved message, add bespoke cartography and we do hand drawn and hand painted illustrations of all sorts.
We also undertake artist commissions, please email or phone to discuss.