Augustus Siebe was born in Saxony, Germany In 1788 and became an apprenticed metalworker in Berlin. Around 1815 he came to Britain and settled in London. His main claim to fame is his work on diving suites, but he also made medical instruments and garden syringes. Augustus Siebe and his son in law became partners forming Siebe Gorman Ltd, but although this company continued for many years it appears to have concentrated on the diving business and there is no evidence that they continued with syringe production. .