Unusual Lebegue terrestrial globe with a brass Meridian and an Horizon band .It has its usual cast iron base .This 12 inches French globe has "Lebegue and Cie " on its tag , Paris (J. LEBEGUE & CIE / EDITES. / 25, rue de Lille, / PARIS). They also come as J. L & C for the smaller size, this company was a School supply company at the turn of the 19th. century. Wood base with brass orb ,the globe is plastered ball with 12 colored lithographed paper gores, political boundaries colored in outline, showing railway , track , telegraph cable route , steamship navigation tracks ocean currents and floating algae .There is the name of the native American tribes on the US territory . Overall fresh color . I check the country to be sure of date : there is not yet the Free state of Congo (The Congo Free State was a private kingdom owned by Leopold II of Belgium between about 1877 and 1908), Antarctica is not yet explored , that point to early 1880's. The condition is good for a piece of this age.
H.23 with stand , the globe is bigger than an 12" American size .The base is in the manner of Violet Leduc a designer of the Second Empire . Size: globe D. 12 inches , H.23 , overall good conditionwith some crack near Japan and touch up in the sea , some crack under the Sea of Bering with touch up , some paper missing in Europe , oxidation on some part ,Some crack in the western part of Canada .Overall the globe is readable with all of its decorative value preserved.