An early terrestrial globe of J. Lebeque & Cie on an Iron base. The Diameter of the globe is 7 inch approximately 18 cm and is signed by: J.Lebegue & Cie Paris. Circa 1855. The company was founded in 1814 by Alphonse Lebeque in Brussels, as a maker of globes. Since circa 1850 as J. Lebeque & Cie based in Paris. Australia is even name as Nouveau Hollande. New Holland continued to be used semi-officially and in popular usage as the name for the whole continent until at least the mid-1850s. Cartouche; Globe Terrestre de 60 centrimetres de circonference / J. Lebegue & Cie / Editeurs / Paris. 36 cm high.
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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.