John Benjamin Dancer 1812 - 1887

Mathematical instrument maker,
Optician, optical instrument maker,
Philosophical instrument maker
English; British
born in:
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Traded at 11 Pleasant St., (1835), 231 Pleasant St. (1839-45), both Liverpool, 13 Cross St. (1841-5), 43 Cross St. (1847-78), both Manchester, all England. In partnership, Abraham & Dancer (1841-5), succeeded by Dancer & Co.

Optician, instrument maker, and originator of microphotography. Probably the first photographer in this country to make Daguerreotypes in 1839 soon after the French announcement. He moved from Liverpool to Manchester in 1841 and had a shop at 43 Cross Street, Manchester.