A small terrestrial pocket globe by J. Lebegue & Cie in a mahogany case. The Diameter of the globe is approximately 6 cm and is signed by: J.L. & Cie (Lebegue) Paris. Circa 1870. The company Lebegue & Cie was founded in 1814 by Alphonse Lebegue in Brussels, as a maker of globes. Since circa 1850 as j. Lebegue & Cie based in Paris. The small diameter of this globe is rare for a Lebegue.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.