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Connolly Brothers (Curriers)

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of 101/104 Chalton Street, Euston Road, London, NW1. (1922 and 1937)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Euston 1661. Cables: "Cowhide, London". (1947)

1878 Established by the brothers, Samuel Connolly and Joseph Connolly, sons of a successful tyresmith and wheelwright, who set up in business as shoesmiths and saddlers. The family-owned business concentrated on tanning hides and supplying, principally, the motor industry with leather for car seats.

The company built a business that would eventually supply the most prestigious automotive manufacturers, the most luxurious liners, the ritziest hotels, and even the famed Concorde with a quality of leather that has never been surpassed.

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Harness and Saddlery, Bag and Case Leathers, Upholstery Hides, Enamelled and Japanned Hides for all purposes; Leathers for Railway Requirements. (Stand No. J107) [1]

1937 Leather upholstery for aircraft. [2]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for: Upholstery Leather for all purposes; Leather for Travel Goods and Hand Bags; Harness and Saddlery Leather; Japanned and Enamelled Leather. (Leather Goods Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 411c) [3]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Upholstery. [4]

1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Export Achievement [5]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1922 British Industries Fair p18
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 350; and p67
  4. 1963 Motor Show
  5. The Engineer 1968/04/26 p650
  • [1] Superior Car Care Website
  • [2] Autogeek Website
  • [3] Extract from the London Independent, 25 March 1995, by Jonathan Glancey