Whaling or Coastal Compass in binnacle of limewood – Ripamonti, Bordeaux, France, ca. 1820

Romantic and well preserved early 19th century, dry card whaling compass with a hand-made 32-point rose without graduation. On the rose the name of the maker, North with star, eagle and crown, East – direction of Jerusalem – with simple decoration. The inside of the binnacle is painted white with lubber line. Missing lid. Removable bottom. Made by Ripamonti in Bordeaux. Monsieur Ripamonti (ca. 1785-1850) was specialized in the manufacture of nautical apparatus. His son Grégoire-Lucien Ripamonti had his workshop in Fossés du Chapeau-Rouge 10 at Bordeaux.


Catalogue: NM.6-40
Date: ca. 1820
H: 65 mm
D binnacle: 160 mm
Signed: RIPAMONTI A BORDEAUX; Geslin fecit
Origin: France
Condition: in original condition, wear consistent with age and use

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