The globe was never intended to be a decorative object—it is an interchangeable type ball or “golf ball” for the IBM Selectric typewriter. The ball allowed Selectric users to rapidly swap in different fonts, scripts (Hebrew, Thai, etc.), even choreography symbols known as Labanotation.
"vintage wooden pool balls by anythinggoeshere on Etsy" This reminds me I have a bowling pin collection in the attic. Once I get my new rooms organized, I can pull that out for display again.