The stands are made from a number of pieces of wood, all oak. These consist of four equidistant balusters, the upper ends of which are attached to the horizon ring, and their lower ends to four rectangular feet 11.5 cm long, 6.5 cm wide and 2.3 cm high. The pieces are held in place by tenons, mortises and dowels.
The round wooden base, 42.5 cm in diameter and 3 cm thick, sits inside the four balusters and is glued to the four rectangular feet. This circular base, the rim of which is moulded, is made of three planks in the case of the celestial globe and four for the terrestrial one. A small circular support 2.8 cm in diameter and 1.6 cm high sits on the centre of the circular base and is notched to hold up the copper meridian. Several layers of paper serve as a joint between this small support and the main one underneath.
A small compass with an hour dial in Roman numerals is set into the circular base along the rim under the copper meridian. This compass is square shaped in the case of the terrestrial globe and octagonal in the case of the celestial one.
The surfaces de the circular base and the balusters bear painted illustrations. The design can no longer be identified but it could be a red and green false-marble type of decoration. A light layer, probably applied originally, served as a base coat. The feet and the moulded edges of the horizon ring and the circular base are painted black.
The inner side of the celestial globe reveals an earlier restoration.
The stands’ undersides bear various labels:
History of Science Museum, item number
with the hand-written reference Lausanne.
History of Science Museum, item number 54
with the hand-written reference Observatory
Etiquette en plastique vert
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- Inconclusive evidence : labels under the stands of both globes could link them to the History of Science Museum in Geneva but there is no trace of them in its inventories.
- Les globes de Mercator de l’Université de Lausanne. Observations matérielles. Constat d’état. Rapport de conservation-restauration : workshop and laboratory of the Swiss Institute for Art Research SIK|ISEA, Ref. No. 141110 0002: 01/02, October 2015, Margaux Genton, Zurich.