Illustrations, Customisation & Personalisation Options + FAQ

Every Bellerby & Co globe is made bespoke to order and can be personalised in endless ways.

You are not in any way limited to what you see below – you can specify exactly what you would like (angle, style, colouring) and we will illustrate to your specifications. If you are not sure what you want but would like to illustrate your favourite locations –  let us know and we will let our imagination go wild.

After you place your order you simply need to list your requests or ideas in an email. From there we will mock up a digital document of the map so you can see and feedback on your edits. From there you will have a chance to see and either approve or ask for changes before your ideas are finalised on the globe itself.

Scroll for some personalisation inspiration …………………

CLICK HERE for a 22cm globe with extensive illustrations, travel routes and more.

CLICK HERE for a 50cm Britannia with added illustrations.

Illustrations in the ocean on a 50cm Britannia : Sea Green.

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36cm Albion in Cobalt with added illustrations



80cm Galileo in Ochre Cassini with added illustrations



50cm Britannia in Regency Blue on a Fluted Leg base –









Entirely Bespoke Map | Globe themed on The Silk Route

Bespoke Cartouche hand drawn to customers specifications (Personal Details Removed)

Highlighted places & illustrations on a Prussian Gagarin Globe

50cm Albion on Aluminium – Colour is Glacial Cassini

22cm Mini Desk Globe – Regency Blue – Coppa Base

36cm Maharam Base – with a Sea Green globe

80cm Galileo in Mint Cassini with added illustrations & highlighted cartography – 

Blue Cassini ( matte Albion 36 ) with added travel routes and illustrations





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22cm Mint Green Cassini with added illustrations




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22cm Mini Desk Globe in Prussian Blue with added illustrations, travel route & cartography edits – the base here is 5,000 year old Bog Oak

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65cm Britannia – Britannia Blue Cassini

36cm Livingstone in Mint Green Cassini with added illustrations




Illustrations on an 80cm Galileo in Mint Cassini



22cm Mini Desk Globe in Mint Green with added illustrations & travel routes






50cm Britannia with added quote, text edits and small illustrations


Animals on an 80cm Prussian Blue Albion



Illustration off the coast of Japan on a Prussian Blue 36cm Livingstone.


A larger illustration on a 36cm Albion in Ochre – painting in sepia tones – a quote added to the ocean & cartography highlighted in a differing colour –


Larger illustrations on a 65cm Gagarin

50cm Albion in Prussian Blue with added illustrations –



A 50cm Britannia in land-shaded Cobalt with added illustrations

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A 50cm Britannia in Mint Cassini with added illustrations



Detailed & larger style illustrations on a Mini Desk Globe | Champagne coloured

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Animal illustrations on a Blue Champagne – 36cm Livingstone


Smaller sized illustrations on land and sea on an 80cm Curve


Plain text added to a 36cm Albion in Mint Cassini


An “Upside Down” 80cm Galileo on an Albion Base

Illustrations on a 36cm Teal Cassini – as well as added text to the top and bottom callottes



More travel lines – 36cm Livingstone in Prussian Blue.



Calligraphy on a Prussian Blue 36cm Livingstone.


36cm Prussian Blue Albion beside a 23cm Mini Desk Globe.


The 65cm Britannia | 65cm compared to 36cm Livingstone

The 50cm Britannia next to an Albion 50 : Sea Green


50cm compared to an 80cm

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Bespoke cartography – cities highlighted in claret


Small polar bear and commissioning mark on a 23cm Mini Desk Globe


Another engraving on a 36cm Livingstone (Glacial Blue).


Engraving on a Prussian Blue 80cm Galileo (matte) 50cm Britannia in Mint Green (glossy)


Copper plaques that sit in the base of Mini Desk Globes

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Flight Cases with a 22cm Mini Desk Globe

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Flight Cases with a 36cm Livingstone

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We’ve even made an egg-shaped globe………….

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Bespoke Metalwork

Bespoke Woodwork



Bespoke Colouring on a 50cm Cassini


Please see below for some commonly asked questions –

Q. Is Bellerby & Co. Globemakers a British company?

A. Yes, we are based in North London, and all of our globes are crafted by hand in our studio.

Q. What materials do you use?

A. 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.

Q. How do I make a purchase?

A. Purchased can be made online via our website. You can place a 50% deposit and we will be in touch to discuss the process from there. You can also use any credit card by phone  +44 (0) 20 8800 7235, or get in touch by email if you prefer to do a bank transfer. For credit card or bank transfers we will manually invoice you.

We require a 50%  deposit on all sized globes to book in, and the remaining 50%, the cost of shipping and any additions will be invoiced once your globe is complete and ready to ship or be collected.

Q. Which payment methods do you accept?

A. All major credit cards, Paypal or we can invoice you to do a BACS (bank to bank transfer).

Q. Which countries do you ship to?

A. We ship direct from our London Studio, to every country in the world! Please be aware some countries have added fees and customs procedures for products shipped in.

Q. What are the shipping fees?

A. We work with great shipping companies that offer very competitive rates which we pass directly on to you, please email or call with your address & name of globe you are interested in for a quote.

Q. When is my delivery date confirmed?

A. Once you make payment for your globe (or pay the 50% deposit). If we give you a delivery estimate and you place your order many weeks or months later, the delivery date will most likely change.

Q. Can you customise my globe?

A. Yes, since we make each globe bespoke & to order… and all of our woodwork & metal work is either done in house or locally.. you are not limited to ordering what you see online.

A globe is a fantastic way to commemorate a special occasion or compliment a decoration scheme, we can help customise colours, customise the cartography, add illustrations, or make a specially engraved plaque or base. We also undertake artist commissions of all sorts.

Q. Can i make additions to the cartography?

A. Starting with the 22cm desk globes you can do 10 text based edits at no extra cost – and with 36cm Livingstone globe and larger – you can request up to 20 additions to the cartography at no extra cost.

For more additions there will be a small charge on top of the price of your globe.

Illustrations are travel routes will be quoted and applied to the final cost of your globe as well.

Q. What can i get engraved?

**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 40 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 (50cm, 65cm, 80cm, 127cm diameter) include 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!

Q. I want to add an illustration?

A. Sea monsters in the oceans, your favourite family photo, love letters in the Pacific Ocean, turtles in the Galapagos, pyramids in Giza, sailboats.. and ships sailing the oceans… we can do anything.

**We have very talented illustrators working for us, please enquire about possibilities, costs and timeframes for completion.

Q. I want a colour i don’t see on your website? / I’ve seen XXX on Instagram….

A. Some colours offered are not shown, this is just because options are endless.

>> Click here for blog post with all colours in our collection <<

**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!

***Keep in mind every globe is hand painted with hand mixed colours, no two globes will ever be exactly the same.

Q. I want a globe with a 360 degree spin but not the Mini Desk Globe?

A. We can make a spinning globe in any size, enquire about the 36cm Albion, the 50cm Albion, the 65cm Albion, the 80cm Albion.. or there is always the 127cm Churchill.

Q. When will my globe be delivered?

A. It will take anywhere between a couple weeks to a few months depending on the size of your globe and the time of year you order it. We will confirm estimates before you place your order and update you on the delivery throughout your globes journey.

We are a small team and we make globes the slow way. It is advisable to plan ahead if you are wanting to purchase a globe for an upcoming birthday, anniversary or Christmas. We think we are well worth the wait 😉

**Since we don’t keep stock & each globe is made to order…. we can make you something very special to give your partner, colleague or friend in the place of the globe if we cannot deliver in time / you order with short notice. We hand paint a gore (piece of the map that goes onto a globe) and send you a message to let them know that a bespoke one-of-a-kind globe has been commissioned in their honour. We include some information about the company so they understand the process & time involved in making it. You can then follow the progress of everything we are working on via Instagram!

Q. Do you offer gift cards?

A. Yes, please see above.

Q. How will my globe by packaged?

The Mini Desk Globes, Livingstone globes, and Albion 500’s come in a bespoke flight case which makes for great gift-giving. The larger globes have crates built to safely hold and transport them.

Q. How do i go about figuring out what kind of globe i want?

A. If you aren’t sure how to order what you want and you aren’t seeing the perfect globe for you in our “collections“… a good starting point it whether you would like a traditional base or one of Bellerby & Co’s signature 360 degree spin bases.

From there choose a wood or metal…. and a colour globe…. keeping in mind the variation in ocean / land colours and how the style of shading around the continents differs from globe to globe.

To understand a little better where to go from there and what all the various names mean ….

The Standard : what we call the thicker wood base that holds 3 semi-hidden ball bearings that allow for a 360 degree spin. This can be made in a Walnut, Copper, or Aluminium.

The Albion : what we call the thinner (slimmer) wood base that holds 3 semi-hidden ball bearings that allow for a 360 degree spin just like the Standard and other 360 globes. This can be made in a variety of woods, Brass, Copper, Aluminium. It can be made for any sized globe, 22cm, 36cm, 50cm, 65cm, 80cm, and 127cm diameter. For the metals, keep in mind the weight.

The Livingstone : our 36cm globe on a traditional desktop base. Choice between Walnut, Oak, London Plane, Cherry or Ebonised wood. The base can be paired with any colour globe.

The Britannia : this is the name for our 50cm floor standing globe. – The Galileo : is our 80cm diameter floor standing globe. We have just added a 65cm diameter size as well. And base styles go from traditional to modern and anything in between.

-The Curve : Designed by the team who made the innovative work/ accommodation pods for the British Antarctic Survey. Heritage technicians from Aston Martin make the aluminium base, and the wooden edition is fabricated by our skilled in-house craftspeople. This is usually paired with only the 80cm diameter globes.

Matte or Glossy : all of our globes on bases that have ball-bearings for a 360 degree spin will be finished matte. Globes on traditional bases usually have a gloss finish, please enquire if you would like to know more about your options.

Traditional Bases : For the 50cm Britannia, 65cm and 80cm Galileo floor standing globes we have traditional bases and show limited colours. Please enquire about other colour options or about have a base that allows a 360 degree spin. We also have done many one-off and bespoke projects and variations.

Q. Are you open to visitors?

A. 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]

Q. How do I become a Globemaker?

A. 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, globe-making 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]

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Bellerby & Co Globemakers

Bellerby & Co Globemakers; Creators of high quality, beautiful handmade world globes. Combining traditional techniques with pioneering design. Handcrafted terrestrial and celestial globes in London. We create models of many sizes and styles, and offer a bespoke service.

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