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C. F. Casella and Co

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1927. New and Old Sextant.
1929.Standard Tacheometrical Theodolite.
1933. New Instrument for measuring Smoke Emission. Dr. J. S. Owens, inventor.
October 1952.

of Regent House, Fitzroy Square, London, W1. Telephone: Euston 1045 and 3750. Cables: "Escutcheon, London"

Established 1810.

Formerly the business of Tagliabue and Casella

Later Louis Casella and Co under Louis Paschal Casella

1897 Louis' son Charles Frederick Casella took charge on his father's death; the firm became C. F. Casella. Unfortunately, the company was struggling and, for a time, there was confusion over the company name: formally it was changed to C. F. Casella, but leaflets, catalogues, and finished instruments continued to be issued under the name of L. P. Casella.

By 1905, when the lease on the company's Holborn premises expired, affairs were in a poor state. The firm moved to cheaper but less convenient rooms in Westminster.

Appointed Rowland Miall, an accomplished business manager, and Robert Abraham, who brought skills in engineering and some much needed capital. With Charles Casella, the three achieved a transformation in the business

1910 Incorporated as a limited liability company C. F. Casella and Co

1912 Moved to new premises in south London and launched a successful range of instruments.

c.1910 C. F. Casella Surveying and Drawing Instruments and Appliances Catalogue No. 564, Hardcover, published in-House. [1]

1916 By the time of Charles's death the company was once more an instrument-making company of renown.

WWI Set up a new factory in Walthamstow beside that of D. Gilson and Co.

1918 the Casella company absorbed some of the production capacity of Gilson. This led to a partial amalgamation of the two companies.

c1930s C. F. Casella and Co Ltd., of Regent House, Britannia Walk, London, N1 7ND - makers of anemometers, anemographs, baromters, barographs, hygrometers, hygrographs, radiation instruments, rain gauges recording rain gauges, record charts, recording ink nibs etc., school equipment, sunshine recorders, thermometers, thermometer screens, thermographs.[2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Meteorological Instruments, Scientific Instruments, Industrial Instruments, Astronomical Instruments, Laboratory Instruments, Photogrammetric Instruments, Lighthouse Instruments, Air Filters, Bacteria Counters, Cathetometers, Dust Counters, Hydrometers, Hygrometers, Manometers, Pitot Tubes, Stereoscopes, Thermometers, Water Samplers. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1100) [3]

See Also

  • Smithsonian Collections - Instruments for Science
    • Catalogue - 1911: [2]
    • List c.1863, with Notes, of Instruments: [3]

Sources of Information

  1. Found at [1]
  2. Typed donated document - 'Some Sources of Meteorological Instruments and Equipment (date unknown but possibly circa 1930s.)
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair p56
  • Biography of Louis P Casella, ODNB