J.B. Dancer, Manchester
J.B. Dancer, Manchester was an Optician and Instrument Maker
(1812 - 1887)
John Benjamin Dancer was born in 1812, son to Josiah Dancer, himself, an optician and manufacturer of optical, philosophical and nautical instruments in London.
Moving to Liverpool in 1817, it wasn't until the death of his father in 1835 that John took over running the business from their premises at 11 Pleasant Street. Moving up the road to 21 Pleasant Street in 1839.
Forming a partnership with another optician, Mr. Abraham in 1841, the business expanded into Manchester operating from 13 Cross Street, King Street. 1845 saw the dissolving of the partnership and the closure of both this and the Liverpool address' as Dancer & Co emerged working from 43 Cross Street in 1847.
John would emerge as a notable and well regarded instrument maker, making significant contributions to the advancement of microsopy, photography and science. Winning a prize medal in 1862 and his instruments by Royal appointment to Prince of Wales in 1869.
At the age of 58 his eyesight began to deteriorate suffering with glaucoma and eight years later in 1878 he handed the business to his two daughters Eleanor Elizabeth and Catherine, whom he had personally tutored.
John Benjamin Dancer dies in 1887.
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