:: FAQ ::

How do i order a globe?

A few of our Mini Desk Globes can be purchased directly from www.bellerbyandco.com under “collections” – otherwise please email us anytime on [email protected] or call the studio at + 44(0) 20 8800 7235.

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. Also.. 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.. basically it would never work we are sorry!

Can i come to your studio & watch you make globes?

You know how whenever you are typing and someone is looking over your shoulder, all of a sudden you can’t type properly and make all sorts of mistakes?

When we make mistakes, there is no magic eraser to sort us out, we have to start over 🙁 – we have had one great Instameet & we plan to have more in the future. They will always be on a Saturday. Email [email protected] to sign up.

Where can i see your globes?

Some Mini Desk Globes & Livingstone Desk Globes are available at Harrods (they often sell out so best call ahead).

A special line globe are also made for Linley

Because we love the idea of your globe being made bespoke for you – we focus mainly on taking orders direct at our London studio.

How much are additions to the cartography of the world map?

The 22cm Mini Desk Globe includes 10 text based edits. With the 36cm globes and larger we include 20 additions to the cartography at no extra cost. For more please enquire when you place your order.

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 we designed more recently, 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.

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 now also make bases for the Livingstone’s that are larger versions of those seen with Mini Desk Globes – click for a side by side comparison.

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, this can be different if requested. 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. Purchase of the Livingstone also includes 20 additions to the cartography so you can add in places that are special to you that might not otherwise be included.

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 to discuss further base options and colour options.. we have done many variations.

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.

If you have ordered a globe already and have not sent through your engraving details, email [email protected] – referencing the name you ordered under.

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.. 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.

What colours do you offer?

Some colours offered and not shown include on our main website (click links)

A good source for the Mini Desk Globes linked here.

The Albion 360 & larger desktop globes are linked here.

A good source for colours on the more traditional 36cm Livingstone linked here.

And the larger Floor Standing Globes linked here.

>> 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!

How is my globe sent?

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

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.

It’s my husband’s / wife’s / lover’s / boss’s / birthday next week, i need a globe!!?

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 holiday. 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!

** We also have a few “quick delivery” options – please enquire / see the section on our website.

Estimated Shipping Dates?

This changes month to month so please email – you can usually expect a 3 month or more wait.

I don’t understand what you mean by 360 degree spin? How do your globes spin?

We have a few videos! Click to watch.

23cm Mini Desk Globe Spinning.

80cm Globe Spinning.

The Galileo Spinning (it goes forever!)

127cm Churchill (in progress) Goes For a Spin.

Can you donate a globe to my school?

Peter Bellerby is an ambassador to The Elephant Family, a portion of every globe we sell goes towards trying to help save these magnificent creatures. Every year we also work with them to create one-off works of art that are auctioned to raise further funds.

If you are a charity though please do send information through we’d love to hear about it.

Tell me everything!!?

Start by watching a few short films that have been made about us perhaps? Click for our YouTube Channel.


  1. Your globes are incredible and beautiful.
    I would love to order one for my husband to put in our library.
    Is there a catalogue? I am interested in the smaller free standing globe.
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Warm regards,
    Jan Meadows

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