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Benjamin Messer

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of Wapping (1790s) and 155 Minories, London (1810-1825)

Scientific instrument maker.

1826 'Sale by Auction. To Merchants, Captains, Mathematical Instrument-Makers, and Others. Mr. Benjamin Messer’s Stock in Trade, Chest of Carpenters’ Tools', Household Furniture, Eight-day Clock, Bird Organ, Piano-forte, Shop Fixtures, and other Effects, Minories. By RICHARD ELLIS (late Flamston and Ellis, on the Premises, No. 155 Minories, on THURSDAy, the 16th instant, and following Days, by Order of the Executrix,
ALL the Genuine Household Furniture, Stock in Trade of a Mathematical Instrument-Maker, and other Effects, comprising mahogany four-post and tent bedsteads and furniture, feather beds and bedding, double and single clicks of drawers, chairs, dining and Pembroke tables, pier and dressing glasses, cellaret sideboard, sofa, Brussels carpet, eight-day clock, and kitchen requisites. The Stock in Trade, which was finished under the immediate inspection of Mr. Messer, consists of metal sextants, artificial horizons, double tangent and other quadrants, day, night and lamp telescopes, universal dials, concave mirrors, compound and other microscoes, steering compasses, phantasmagorias with slides, binnacle and other lamps, azimuths, cases of instruments, various compasses, microscopes, silver-mounted and tortoiseshell spectacles, sun dials, rules, scales and other barometers, magic lanterns and glasses, metal triangular lathes, with brass and iron poppets, wood ditto, metal pattern, large quantity of brass and metal work, tools, grindstone, other effects. To be viewed to-morrow and morning of sale. Catalogues to be had on the Premises; and of No.150, Minories.'[1]


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  1. Morning Advertiser - Tuesday 14 March 1826