Nautical instruments

Dry card compass – Ribbens, Terneuzen, Netherlands, ca 1900

Gimbaled dry card compass in a copper bowl. The compass is gimbaled mounted in a wooden case of oak with sliding cover. The inside of the bowl is painted white without lubber’s line.

The rose contains 32 points and the name of the maker. The north on the rose is decorated with a fleur de lis. In the middle of the rose we can see a bras top with sapphire.

This beautiful compass is made by the brothers Ribbens in Terneuzen, Netherlands.

At de underside of the rose is a heavy compass needle mounted with pins on the rose. The rose is not compensated for magnetic variation.

Date: around 1900
HWL case: 12.5x20x20 cm
D compass: 14 cm
Signed: Gebr. Ribbens: Terneuzen
Origin: Netherlands
Condition: in good condition but case with old woodworm holes

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