Is Bellerby & Co. Globemakers a British company?

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

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, Sennelier 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?

In the UK you can purchase Mini Desk Globes and The Livingstone globes from Harrods or on-line through our website. Larger globes

can be discussed and ordered by phone  +44 (0) 20 8800 7235, or by email. 

For commissions we require 50%  payment as a deposit, and 50% on 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. 

If ordering Classical, Churchill or Bespoke models, or you wish to purchase the Mini Desk Globe over the phone, 

we can take payment by BACS, Cheque or Credit Card (Visa / Mastercard only).

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, or make a specially engraved plaque or base. We also undertake artist

commissions, please email or phone to discuss.

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.

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

How do I become a globemaker?

Leaning the globemaking 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

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!

Where can i see your globes?

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

A special line of Mini Desk Globes is also be at Lane Crawford across multiple stores in China and we now have a special edition of the 23cm & 36cm globes made special for Linley.

Mini globes also available now in Cheshire we have a De Moura in Prestbury Village, Cheshire.

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?

Starting with the 36cm Livingstone globe, you can request up to 20 additions to the cartography at no extra cost. For more please enquire when you place your order.

**If you would like additions to the cartography on a 23cm Mini Desk Globe please enquire beforehand & be sure to mention how many additions / when you ideally need your globe by.

What is the difference between the Mini Desk Globe and The Albion?

Mini Desk Globe is the name for all our 23cm 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 23cm 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 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 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 – referencing the name you ordered under.

Can i add illustrations?

Sea monsters in the oceans, your favourite family photo, love letters in the Pacific Oceanturtles in the Galapagospyramids in Gizasailboats.. 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?

>> 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. Larger globes in Europe or the UK.. we usually hand delivery them ourselves!

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, right now we are taking orders for 2016. It is advisable to plan ahead if you are wanting to purchase a globe for an upcoming birthday, anniversary or Christmas 2016. We think we are well worth the wait