Nautical instruments

Tell-tale Compass, double use and very rare – Maistre, Marseille, France, 18th century

Well preserved dry card and gimbaled brass tell-tale compass. The compass can be read on both sides. The top side with a normal rose serves as a steering compass. On the other side, the tell-tale rose is printed in mirror image. It is probably meant to be read by means of a mirror. Both roses are covered with mica. Mica was in use for this purpose until the beginning of 1800. This, and the construction of the compass house give the idea that this is a 18th century compass.

The inside of the binnacle is painted dirty white with two lubber’s lines and the name Heidi. On the handmade rose 32 points and the name of the maker. North with a star. A graduation has been applied along the edge.
Made by Maistre, instrumentmaker in Marseille.

Catalog: NM. 2-20
Date: 1750-1800
HD: 11×16 cm (4,2×6,3 in)
Origin: France
Condition: in good and working condition, wear consistent with age and use, no repairs

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