Frederick George Quicke Horstmann 1892-1949

The Horstmann Family held a large number of pattern and businesses ranging from opticians to automotive manufacturing.

Gustav Horstmann (1828-1893) in 1854. Having trained in France, he settled in Bath where he established a clock making business. This firm continued in Bath until 1925 when it became Horstmann Gear Company Ltd which manufactured automobile gear boxes and later complete cars. In more recent times the Horstmann Gear Company have manufactured timers particularly for the gas industry.

Horstmann from 1915

Frederick George Quicke Horstmann lamp designer was the grandson of Friedrich Gustav Adolph Horstmann renowned engineer and designer of the world's first micrometer with an accuracy of less than 10,000th of an inch amongst many other inventions.

Given a family tradition of detailed engineering it's hardly surprising that a positional lamp would be designed to help production staff.

Horstmann Shop by Holy Trinity Church in Guildford High Street 1913

So it fell to Frederick who first applied for a patent in 1947 for a Counterpoise lamp

(GB19470024291 19470903).


His Father, also called Frederick was one of eight children had travelled from Bath to Guilford in order to assume the  running of his older brothers opticians store. His brother Albert whom founded the business returned to bath were he

Sidney Horstmann’s former home on the Upper Bristol Road 1975

assisted in the formation of the Horstmann Gear Co, of Newbridge Works, 93 Newbridge Road, Bath, Somerset. (1922).


The Horstmann business empire included production of Horstmann Cars Limited founded by Sidney Adolph Horstmann, and by a strange twist of fate employed a certain designer called George Carwardine inventor of the Anglepoise lamp. Odd how two of Britain's most iconic lamp designs should be so closely intertwined.

As a testament to the wealth and success Sidney commissioned world-famous Glasgow born architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh to build a bespoke art deco bedroom for his family house in bath. This remarkable set of furniture has be preserved and displayed in Bath Museum.


Frederick George Horstmann
Kathleen Mary Elizabeth Brayley Quicke

Frederick George Quicke Horstmann 1892-1949 Kathleen Mary Elizabeth Brayley Quicke 1894-1992

Frederick George Horstmann was born on 21 October 1892 in Bath  Somerset  England.  He married Kathleen Mary Elizabeth Brayley Quicke, born on 30 December 1894 in Wonersh, Surrey, England. Their marriage took place in 1919 at Christchurch Dorset England

In a London Gazette article dated 12th January 1920 Frederick George Horstmann  changed his legal name to include his wife's maiden name of Quicke.


London Gazette article dated 12th January 1920

They spent married life at a home in Woodlands, Chiddingfold in Surrey until his death on 4 March 1949 in Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey aged 56. Kathleen died in 1992 in Basingstoke, Hampshire aged 98 years old.