How to Clean and Maintain Your Antique Wooden Globe or Replica

by BarGlobeWorld.com

 

Photo of a bar globe in a home office
The Italian Supremo bar globe from Zoffoli’s GEA collection look like a vintage replica, but the world globe features a current world map.

Would you park your 1923 Duesenberg on the street instead of in your garage, or take your brand new Aston Martin to an automated car wash? I hope not. Select treasures, both old and new, demand attention – no matter what they are.

Cleaning and maintaining the condition of a wooden globe, whether it is an authentic antique or a vintage replica, requires diligence and know-how. You may think you don’t need to be as careful with a reproduction as with a 16th or 17th century original, but this is not necessarily so. High quality replica wooden globes and bar globes are usually made by skilled craftsmen who have been using many of the same methods and materials for thousands of years, so proper maintenance is
important.

How to Clean Your Antique Wooden Globe

Inspect your globe before cleaning it and proceed only if there is no damage or weak spots.

To remove dust, wipe the surface gently using a soft, dry cloth. Don’t use spray or furniture polish. If you notice areas that are beginning to peel, have it repaired. The cloth can catch one of these areas and make matters worse.

If your antique needs more than a bit of dusting, here’s our 2-step, easy-to-follow instructions on how you should clean it: 1) Don’t 2) Find an experienced, reputable conservator to clean and/or restore it.

The web has many suggestions about how to clean antiques written by people claiming to be specialists. Unfortunately many people ruin their cherished treasures by following their advice. Improper cleaning can destroy the map on an antique globe, so make sure any “specialists” you consult really do know what they’re doing.

Professional conservators can do quite a bit. They can retouch and stabilize it and repair the shell. If the map has missing or damaged pieces, these can often be replaced with printed reproductions that are tinted to match the rest.  Sometimes conservators can even reduce or even reverse discoloration and yellowing.

How to Clean Your Vintage Globe Replica

High quality vintage-style replica globes need to be cleaned just as carefully as authentic antiques, because more than likely the map of your wooden globe will have been made in a similar manner. This consists of using printed pieces of paper called paper gores, adhering them to the shell, and then varnishing them.

Inspect your globe before cleaning. To dust, gently wipe the surface with a soft, dry cloth. If you see peeling or weak spots, have it repaired first – cloth can get caught on one of these areas and increase the damage.

If dusting is insufficient, clean the surface of the globe with a dry, soft cloth. Work in small sections, wiping away (don’t scrub) loose dirt. For excessive stains, try moistening a soft cloth with plain water but be very careful. Read the section below, because sometimes some dirt or stains are preferable to a damaged globe.

Wring the cloth out extremely well or spray water onto the cloth (never onto the globe). The strength of varnish has come a long way over the centuries, but that doesn’t mean your globe is completely sealed and waterproof. Excess moisture left on the surface may be soaked up by the map, so don’t allow any water to sit on the surface. Dry the area immediately with a soft, clean cloth.

If this still isn’t enough, you can risk mixing the water with a bit of mild soap or detergent and repeating the steps above. Cleaning without causing damage depends on how careful you are, what potentially harmful materials are in the detergent, and how well your globe reproduction or bar globe replica has been manufactured. Never use harsh or abrasive materials or solutions containing alcohol or solvents.

Globe Bar Set – Useful and Fashionable

by Nicole Roberts for BarGlobeWorld

Is the world flat or round? It doesn’t matter anymore, because the globe bar set on your bar or table top is round and has hidden treasures inside. Perhaps the globe on the stand in the corner is your preference. Both will contain a selection of glassware and lovely decanters of your favorite beverages.

Image of Fine Vintage Desk Globe Bar
Fine Vintage Desk Globe Bar – Italian, 16th Century Replica
Image of Antiqua Collection Italian Globe Bar Table
Antiqua Collection Italian Globe Bar Table

Tabletop varieties are usually about 22″ tall and have a circumference of 16.” There are a selection of cabinet styles and materials available. They are available in post models or up to four lets for a table effect. The selection of sizes that are available will allow you to choose exactly the size to place in your living room, at your bar or in any entertainment area.

 

The post or legs can be of various heights. The globe bar set also is available in assorted sizes. You can place them in a corner or next to your favorite chair for convenience and availability. The scent of the wood that blends with your favorite libation will be an enticing combination of pleasure in your bar sets.

 

When guests arrive, you will have access to their favorite drink. As you open the globe and display your crystal glasses with matching decanters, you will impress the most impressive with your style. If ice is part of your cocktail routine, there are globes that have a place to sit a small ice bucket.

 

Experience that touch of class a vintage bar globe bestows – there’s nothing quite like it. Buy a Globe Bar Set Today!