Gebroeders Caminada (fl. 1856-1920), Rotterdam.

Newspaper advertisement in 1828: "J. Caminada makes and sells all kinds of mathematical and surgical instruments, and will also accept all kinds of lathe, filing and polishing work." Rotterdamsche Courant 11-10-1828.

Instrument maker Carel Anthony Cammenade of Milan Italy, leaves his homeland with his brothers and establishes a workshop in Delft in 1788. His son Joannes Caminada (*1804-†1876) was, around 1820, in the employ of Delft instrument makers brothers Pieter and Adrianus Bayens, who in their day, were considered to have a sizeble company with 14 employees.  Just like his father, J. Caminada specialised in the production of barometers and drawing compasses.

Around 1842 J. Caminada became independent. At that time he received many commissions from A. Lipkens, who in 1843 was appointed director of the Royal Academy in Delft. Around the middle of the 19th century his instruments were on view at various exhibitions. The company of J. Caminada was dissolved in 1878. 


Gebroeders Caminada in Rotterdam.

J. Caminada had four sons, all of whom became instrument makers. The two eldest sons, Carel Antonius Caminada (*1829-†1921) and Johannes Antonius Caminada (*1831-†1887) establish Gebr. Caminada in 1856 in Rotterdam.

Gebroeders P. & H Caminada in The Hague.

The other two sons, Pieter Caminada (*1837-†1922) and Hendricus Johannes Caminada (*1842-†1882), establish Gebr. P. & H. Caminada in The Hague in 1867.










Gebr. Caminada advertise their establishment in Rotterdam in 1856.



Location of Gebr. Caminada in Rotterdam in 1856.

Map extract above courtesy of Collectie Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Amersfoort, objectnummer MIN08176O01. Kadastrale kaart 1811-1832: minuutplan Rotterdam, Zuid Holland, sectie O, blad 01 (MIN08176O01)


See also:

1. HISGIS - kaart van Rotterdam

2. Wijkverdeeling der stad Rotterdam en hare jurisdictie in verband met de van ouds bestaande wijkverdeling... Google Books.

3. Stadsarchief Rotterdam

3023-05. Adresboeken Rotterdam, 1838; p. 146. Bedrijven en beroepen etc.

Drawing set #1

The straight pencil-insert in this drawing set by Gebr. Caminada, indicates that it was made after 1905. There is an label on the underside of the case with the hand-written name Anna Stelwagen, possibly the original owner.  

Het Witte Huis in Rotterdam, built in 1897.
Het Witte Huis in Rotterdam, built in 1897.








A genealogical search for the name Anna Stelwagen (*1893-†1985) reveals that a person with this name was the daughter of J.H. Stelwagen, the contractor that built Het Witte Huis (White House) in Rotterdam in 1897.

Drawing set #2




1. Dr. J. Mooij;  Instrumenten, wetenschap en samenleving, page 130-131.


2Digitale stamboom gemeentearchief Delft


3. Establishment of Gebr. Caminada, Rotterdamse Courant 28-05-1856, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Historische Kranten.


4. Adresboeken Stadsarchief Rotterdam


5. Brückman, - H.W.L. ; Instrumentenmakersindustrie te Delft; Bijdragen voor Vaderlandsche Geschiedenis en Oudheidkunde, 1918, p. 97-112.


6. Anna Helena Bernardina Stelwagen: birth 23-08-1893 Rotterdam, father:  Johannes Hendrikus Stelwagen, mother:  Anna Matilda Diderika Bustin. 

Marries  Johannes Hendrikus Aloijsius Schuurs 01-09-1920 

Dies 29-06-1985 Leidschendam


7.  A year after Gebr. P. & H. Caminada is established, the company moves from Hofstraat to Korte Houtstraat 7 in The Hague. Dagblad van Zuidholland en 's Gravenhage 07-07-1868. 


8. Gebr. Caminata is established in 1856. The new company supplies nautical instruments and charts as well as the best Delft and French drawing instruments. Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant 28-05-1856.


9. Drawing set by P & H Caminada in the Nationaal Sleepvaart Museum Maassluis; Maritiem Digitaal


10. De Ingenieur; Orgaan van het Koninklijke Instituut van Ingenieurs - De Vereeniging van Burgerlijke ingenieurs jr. 21, no. 19, 12-05-1906.


11. Algemeene Nationale Tentoonstelling, Haarlem, 1861: verslag uitgebragt door de Jury van Beoordeeling.