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Christy and Co

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1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.
Hat box.

of 35 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3. Telephone: Avenue 0948. Cables: "Christy's London". Factories in Stockport, Cheshire and Bermondsey Street, London, SE. (1929)

Ditto Address and Cables. Telephone: Mansion House 5319. (1947)

1773 Company established in London by Miller Christy.

It took Miller a seven year apprenticeship to learn the "art and mystery of feltmaking".

1778 Company moved to Gracechurch Street, London.

1794 Thomas Christy and William Miller Christy, the sons, became partners in the company.

1804 John Christy, the third son, joined the company.

1826 J. Worsley of Stockport was taken over by Christy and Co.

1887 The company was registered on 1 July, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, hat manufacturers. [1]

1929 Advert as Makers of Hats of all descriptions. Felt Hats in Fashionable Styles and Stiff and Soft Colonial Styles. Fez, Hungarian, etc. Silk and Opera Hats. Cork and Felt Helmets. Tweed, Uniform and Cloth Caps. (Textiles and Clothing Section - Stand No. S.51) [2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Hats, Soft Felt and Stiff Felt, all Types for Ladies and Gentlemen. Fez Caps, Silk Hats, Helmets and Tweed Caps and Hats. [3]

1966 Associated British Hat Manufacturers took over Christy's and four other felt-hat manufacturers. [4]

Christy's are now situated in Witney, Oxfordshire, and are well known as manufacturers of riding hats of all descriptions.


  • The company has its own website: [1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 179 and p39
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair p61
  4. Denton and the Archaeology of the Felt Hatting Industry by Michael Nevell, Brian Grimsditch and Ivan Hradil ISBN 1 871324 36 X
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5