Ripley, Thomas

1765

Very rare 1765 trade card for London instrument maker Thomas Ripley.

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Trade Card: Thomas Ripley Mathematical Instrument Maker, at the Globe, Quadrant & Spectacles near the Hermitage Bridge, Wapping.

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Very scarce trade card from London-based maker of navigation instruments, Thomas Ripley. This trade card dates from early in Ripley's long career, ca. 1765. In 1765 Ripley operated from an establishement near the Hermitage Bridge, Wapping and was identified with a sign representing a "Globe, Quadrant and Spectacles". Ripley's own words from the advertisement summarize his business interests:
"Makes & sells all sort of mathematical and Optical Instruments for Sea & Land viz. Hadley & Davis's Quadrants, Azimuth Compasses and steering compasses in wood & brass, Gunters scales, sliding gunters, rules of all sort for measuring & gauging, Cases of Instruments, Plain compasses, Drawing pens, pencils, globes of various sizes, all sorts of telescopes, microscopes, spectacles & reading glasses with various other instruments not here mentioned. N.B. Navigation, books of sorts."

Thomas Ripley, born in England about 1740, was a mathematical instrument maker. He was apprenticed to John Gilbert in the Grocers' Company on Dec. 5, 1755, and was free in the Company, April 12, 1763. Ripley married Sarah Susannah Bigg in August 1763 at Saint Botolph Bishopsgate, London. Together they had 9 children, of whom Anna Maria was the youngest.

Thomas Ripley took apprentices, including his son James Ripley, who was his partner from 1800 to 1807. Ripley's business was situated over time in several London locations: in the Baker's Building, New Broad Street (1763 & 1770); at the Globe Quadrant and Sectacles, near Hermitage Bridge below the Tower, Wapping (1765); 364 Hermitage Bridge, below the Tower (1773 & 1794 as Ripley Tho. & Son). (Ripley Family History. Internet .)

CREATOR: Ripley, Thomas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1765

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: England

BODY OF WATER: Thames River

CONDITION: Good.  Solid on antique laid paper. Somewhat grubby from handling.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: W. Cole

SIZE: 7 " x 9 "

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PRICE: $


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