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Cail (Scientific Instruments)

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c.1855 mine surveyor's dial on display at Sunderland Museum. T. B. Winter's label in the box

John Cail worked in the early 1820s for Troughton in London. He opened his own workshop in Newcastle, and in the 1850s was joined by his brother, Septimus Anthony Cail.[1]

John Cail (c1809-1878) was working at various addresses in Newcastle upon Tyne from 1825-65.

1844 John Cail, Mathematical and Philosophical Instrument Maker and Optician, 61 Pilgrim Street and 45 Quayside, Newcastle.

1853 Patent. '262. And Robert Mortimer Glover, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, Doctor of Medicine, and John Cail, of the same place, Mathematical Instrument Maker, have given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in miners' or safety lamps."'[2]

1855-65 at 21 Grey Street

1867 Business transferred to T. B. Winter.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Gilai Collectibles website, A 19th Century Azimuth Compass by J. Cail Newcastle
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:8 February 1853 Issue:21409 Page:334
  3. Newcastle Journal - Friday 02 August 1867