The Lausanne globes, whose authentication and restoration are described in the Story section of this website, were found in fairly satisfactory condition in the early 21st century. Each comprises a rotating sphere on a wooden stand made up of a horizon ring covered with printed information, along with four balusters and a circular base. The spheres have a diameter of 42 cm and together with their stand measure roughly 55 x 55 cm.
The spheres rotate on an axis running through the two poles. The ends of this axis are set into a copper meridian circle, itself held perpendicular in the horizon ring by notches and resting on a small support at the centre of the circular base.