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W. Lusty and Sons

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May 1931.
November 1933.
1949. Lloyd Loom.
1953. Lloyd Loom.
Date Unknown.

of Russia Wharf and Saw Mills, Bromley-by-Bow, London, E3. (1922)

of Bromley-by-Bow, London, E3. Telephone: East 5020 (6 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Comparison, Bochurch, London". Showrooms at 79-81 Paul Street, London, EC2. (1929)

of Colin Street, Bromley-by-Bow, London, E3. Telephone: Ditto. (1947)

1917 The legendary Lloyd Loom process was invented by an American, Marshall B. Lloyd, who twisted Kraft paper round a metal wire, placed the paper threads on a loom and wove them into what was to become the traditional Lloyd Loom fabric.

1921 Lloyd Loom chairs quickly became very popular in America and Marshall B. Lloyd sold his patent to an English manufacturer, which used Lloyd Loom in an original manner to create a collection of typical English furniture.

William Lusty was a salvage merchant who rescued driftwood that had fallen into the London canals from barges, and then turned them into packing crates. He contacted Marshall B. Lloyd and expressed an interest in obtaining the patent in order to manufacture Lloyd Loom furniture in the UK.

William and his son Frank Lusty created a factory in Bow, but by the mid-1920s had reached crisis point as they had only achieved very modest success. People were not convinced that the furniture was suitable for indoor use. Many customers believed that it should only be used outdoors and the summer season was short.

Assistance unexpectedly came from the LNER (London North East Railway) when it began to use Lloyd Loom furniture in its hotels. Soon everybody wanted Lusty's furniture.

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Lloyd Loom Woven Furniture and Baby Carriages; Nursery, Kitchen, Dining and Scullery Tables. (Stand No.D.34) [1]

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for 'Lloyd Loom' Woven Furniture - Chairs, Settees, Tables, Linen Baskets, etc in any colour for home and general use. Also makers of Enamelled Furniture in various finishes - white or coloured, for bedroom, dining room, kitchen, etc. (Furniture Section - Stand No. T.52) [2]

1930s Lloyd Loom was soon all the rage in Europe too. At the height of its popularity, Lloyd Loom furniture could be found in hotels, restaurants and tearooms, as well as aboard zeppelins and cruise liners.

WWII When the factory in England was bombed on the 7th.Sept. 1940, the production of Lloyd Loom chairs came to a halt in Europe.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for 'Lloyd Loom' Woven Fibre Furniture, including Chairs, Tables, Linen Baskets. Certain models may be supplied either "Nested" or "Knocked Down". (Furniture Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 677) [3]

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Lloyd Loom Online
  • [2] Lloyd Loom of Spalding Website