Maison Lerebours & Secretan

The title page of the 1853 catalogue.
Figure 1: The title page of the 1853 catalogue.
Lerebours and Secretan were renowned instrument makers in 19th century France. They were especially known for their work in the field of astronomical, optical and surveying instruments.1

The founder of the firm, Noël Jean Lerebours (1761-1840), was born in Mortain, Normandy, and started an apprenticeship with a spectacle maker. Later he moved to the workshop of a certain Louvel. In 1789 he opened his own Paris workshop at 69, quai de l'Horloge. After his death in 1840, his son Nicolas Marie Paymal Lerebours, who had been working with him since 1830, took over the business. In 1845 Lerebours became associated with Marc Francois Louis Secretan, a Swiss mathematician born in Lausanne. Together they formed Maison Lerebours & Secretan, a firm that once had my Secretan level in maintenance.

Lerebours is not known to have used a logo or trademark other than his name.

Instrument(s) in the collection


[1]: P. Brenni, '19th Century French Scientifi'c Instrument Makers, III: Lerebours et Secretan', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society, No. 40 (1994), pp. 3-6.

Figure reference

figure 1: Catalogue et Prix des Instruments d'optique, de physique, de chimie, de mathématiques, d'astronomie et de marine, qui se trouvent ou s'exécutant dans les magasins et ateliers de Lerebours et Secretan. Opticiens de S.M. l'Empereur, de l'Observatoire et de la Marine..., (Paris, 1853).

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Surveyor's crosses Geodetic Sextants Theodolites Total Stations Levels Standards Tools Firms
Ahrend Askania Carl Zeiss Jena Chesterman Doyle & Son Jenoptik Jena Kern Aarau Keuffel & Esser Lerebours SAT-SAGEM Secrétan à Paris Société des Lunetiers Tibaut Desimpelaere Wild Heerbrugg