Rolling Ruler with ivory scales – England, 19th Century

Rolling Ruler with ivory scales – England, 19th Century

Stock Number: NM. 3-13

E 125,=

Ebony rolling ruler with two ivory scales.

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Navigational instruments, Other Maritime Antiques


Ebony rolling ruler with two ivory scales. One scale is in inches, the other is in quarter inches and one out of eight inches. At one of the corners a small piece is missing.


Rulers like this one are used to plot course lines and bearings on nautical charts. They can be rolled across the chart to the compass rose without changing its orientation.


Date: 1850-1900

WL: 32×5 cm    (13,5x 2 in)

Signed: not signed

Origin: England

Condition: in good and working condition, wear consistent with age and use


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NL ARCHIPEL International Maritime Gallery

Welcome to the catalogue of Archipel International Maritime Gallery, specialist in nautical antiques and collectables.
Archipel International Maritime Galery in the Netherlands, sets itself to maritime objects, globes and sea charts of before 1900. The managing director worked as officer with the mercantile marine and the Royal Navy. As curator he was connected to one of the University Museums in the Netherlands. As seaman and curator he has a lot of knowledge of naval history.

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