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Michael Gilligan29/08/2016 14:02:47
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This is a long-shot, but we have a few Scots and a few microscopists, so it's worth a try:

Does anyone know about Gillett & Sibert ?

I have seen a few of their microscopes in the past, and I have recently acquired a 'Conference Microscope' http://rontocknell.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=Conference ... But there seems to be very little information around.

Anything about the Company or its Products would be of interest.

MichaelG.

Raymond Anderson29/08/2016 15:32:10
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Hi Michael, If you go to www.elcomatic.co.uk They should be able to help you out as they have something to do with Gillett & Sibert

Cheers.

Michael Gilligan29/08/2016 16:05:43
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Thank you, Raymond

I will try eMailing elcomatic

MichaelG.

Neil Wyatt29/08/2016 17:30:27
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Why not ask them? It's still an active company according to Companies House:

**LINK**

"Nature of business (SIC)

  • 28990 - Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery not elsewhere classified "

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Neil Wyatt29/08/2016 17:33:33
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They seem to be a part of Elcomatic, still producing microscopes:

www.elcomatic.co.uk/microscope.html

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Michael Gilligan29/08/2016 17:52:19
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Thanks, Neil

I think we've probably gone full citcle now.

The microscope that Elcomatic sells now looks like a 'badge engineering' job, but I have written to them anyway.

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Neil Wyatt29/08/2016 17:55:32
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That's what happens when you open a page but don't look at it for an hour or so...

Even if Elcomatic just bought G&S for the name but they should still have their archives.

Neil

Michael Gilligan29/08/2016 18:01:25
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For info. This is what I sent them earlier this afternoon:

I will update with their reply when/if I receive one.

MichaelG.

...............

Dear Sirs,

I have been informed that you are associated with the firm of Gillett & Sibert
... If so; could you please let me know:

(a) Has G&S ceased manufacture of microscopes
(b) If so, has their manufacturing record been archived anywhere
(c) Do you hold any spares or accessories for their instruments

Many thanks
Michael Gilligan

[Manchester Microscopical Society]

Peter Tucker29/08/2016 19:45:15
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Hi Michael,

You could post your query here some members know a lot about obscure microscopes.

Hope this helps.

Peter.

Michael Gilligan29/08/2016 21:37:47
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Thanks for that link, Peter yes

I've looked at the 'Magazine' but not tried the forum [yet],

... I think I will see what response I get from Elcomatic first.

MichaelG.

Neil Wyatt29/08/2016 22:51:45
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 29/08/2016 18:01:25:

I have been informed that you are associated with the firm of Gillett & Sibert

G&S and various Elcomatic companies are all registered at the same address and have a number of directors in common.

G&S became dormant in  <edit> 1990 so I guess they just use the name now.

Neil

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 29/08/2016 22:53:20

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 29/08/2016 22:55:14

Michael Gilligan29/08/2016 23:42:41
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 29/08/2016 22:51:45:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 29/08/2016 18:01:25:

I have been informed that you are associated with the firm of Gillett & Sibert

G&S became dormant in <edit> 1990 so I guess they just use the name now.

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Quite so, Neil ... That's why I chose to use the words I did.

MichaelG.

Michael Gilligan30/08/2016 12:04:11
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Update:

I have received this response to my eMail:

Unfortunately the last G & S microscopes were manufactured in 2012. There will be some archived records, however they will not be easily accessed. G & S disposed of the remaining spares via recycling organisations during 2015.

I am sorry that I cannot be of more help

Ron Tocknell30/01/2018 12:39:33
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This is clearly an old thread but I do feel moved to write something about these microscopes.

Back in 1973 or thereabouts, I was a young RAMC medical assistant stationed at Tidworth Military Hospital. Although my post was the Reception / Casualty department, my fascination with microscopes and precision lab equipment often drew me toward the pathology lab during quiet periods. The pathologist was a keen microscopist and the G & S 'Conferance' was pretty much the lab workhorse. At that time, Vickers was the standard mid range model in most labs with Zeiss at the top of the range for more specialised work. Many different microscopes were needed for many different applications and each was dedicated to a specific application. The 'Conferance' was developed as a basic modular microscope to address this issue. With interchangeable heads, objective turrets, stages, condensers and so on, it could be quickly adapted to meet any specific application. It also had a large viewing screen to replace the ocular head for use as a teaching microscope and this is probably what gave it the 'Conferance' name. It also featured a unique focussing mechanism that was operated with a single knurled wheel rather than separate coarse and fine focus wheels. Initial turn of the wheel activated the coarse focus until the user turns it just past the required point of focus. The same wheel is then turned in the opposite direction and this automatically activates the geering into fine focus. It is an extremely intuitive focussing system.

The 'Conferance' was an extremely popular lab scope and this model still frequently crops up on Ebay. I have a G & S and I also have a Karl Zeiss 'Jena'. The G & S is my 'go-to' scope of preferance.

Michael Gilligan30/01/2018 17:12:40
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Ron,

Many thanks for your notes.

My G&S 'Conference' is currently in hibernation, pending completion of some other microscope projects, but I'm sure I will enjoy using it in due course. ... Yes, it's very nicely built, with some good engineering design: I particularly like the lever mechanism within the condenser substage.

MichaelG.

DAvid Wright 1809/02/2018 13:49:26
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Funnily enough I am sitting next to the man who owned Gillet and Sibert. John Jardine is my father in law. We were just googling his name and company to see if he was anywhere on the internet. The company used to manufacture microscopes. It was acquired by Elcomatic. Elcomatic was formed by John and was more geared to electronics and made foetal heart monitors. When there was more of a call for electronic microscopes G&S closed but Elcomatic still made the odd microscope or 2 I believe. John was in his eighties when he decided to retire and hang up his hat. I don't know, but there is a possibility, that there is a microscope or 2 knocking around but I am aware that Elcomatic has changed premises quite a few times in recent years so things may have been thrown out.

If you have any specific questions let me know and I'll see if I can get an answer.

Best emailing as well....

Neil Wyatt09/02/2018 17:23:35
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Hello David,

Thanks for a most interesting contribution!

Neil

Michael Gilligan09/02/2018 17:33:40
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Many thanks for the offer, David

There is nothing specific today ... but I'm sure there will be !

I will send you a Personal Message with my eMail address.

MichaelG.

DAvid Wright 1809/02/2018 17:40:54
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Thanks Neil, OK Michael!

Michael Gilligan17/02/2018 09:47:33
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Posted by DAvid Wright 18 on 09/02/2018 17:40:54:

Thanks Neil, OK Michael!

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David,

My P.M. sent on 09//02/2018 is still showing 'unread'

... Could you please check your 'Inbox' on this forum.

Thanks

MichaelG.

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