J. Conroy, J.C. Conroy & Co., Conroy Bissett & Malleson, Thomas J. Conroy Fishing Reels

J. Conroy Fishing Reels

J. Conroy, J.C. Conroy & Co., Conroy Bissett & Malleson, Thomas J. Conroy - New York, NY

J. Conroy reels were the first in a long line of reels that would span almost 100 years. John Conroy founded his company around 1830. This makes him one of the earliest and longest running reel companies. The name Conroy was associated with quality reels and rods and this was responsible for the company's longevity. The company name went through a series of changes through the years. J. Conroy reels can be found with various markings. The first change was from "J. Conroy, Maker" to "Conroys, Makers" in 1846 when John's son joined the business. Then, in 1864, the company was run by Conroy's son when John retired. The name of the company was changed to "J.C. Conroy & Co". In 1875, the name was changed once again this time to "Conroy, Bissett & Malleson". In 1881, Frederick Malleson withdrew and took over the manufacture of reels for Conroy at 136 1st Street in Brooklyn. Conroy ran the showroom at 65 Fulton St. The name of the company was then changed to just "Conroy & Bissett". This company named lasted for only a couple of years until 1883 when Bissett withdrew. The final name of the company was "Thomas J. Conroy". The first reels marked Thomas J. Conroy were made by Malleson. After 1890, his reels were also made using the Julius vom Hofe patents and were sold in his store. The "Silver King" was one of the earliest Julius vom Hofe models. It is not uncommon to find both Thomas J. Conroy and Julius vom Hofe names on the same reel. John Conroy Is considered one of the great New York reel makers.



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The CONROY Company Name History


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The J. CONROY, MAKER Brass Reel, circa 1840


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The CONROYS MAKERS, German Silver NY Reel, circa 1846


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The CONROYS MAKERS, Brass NY Style Reel, circa 1846


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The J.C. CONROY & CO. Reel, circa 1870


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The J.C. CONROY & CO. Reel with Adjustable Drag, circa 1870


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The J.C. CONROY & CO. Brass Reel, circa 1870


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The CONROY, BISSETT & MALLESON Brass Reel, circa 1875


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The CONROY, BISSETT & MALLESON Brass Reel


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The CONROY Salmon Reel Made by MALLESON, circa 1880


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The CONROY & BISSETT Salmon Reel Made by MALLESON, circa 1881


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MALLESON Size 1 Reel Made for THOS. J. CONROY, circa 1890


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J.C. CONROY & CO. 1871 Ads


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J.C. CONROY & CO. August, 1873 Forest and Stream Magazine Ad


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CONROY, BISSETT & MALLESON May, 1875 Forest and Stream Magazine Ad


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CONROY & BISSETT May, 1883 Forest and Stream Magazine Ad


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THOMAS J. CONROY Ad for "The Wells Click Reel" in 1888 Forest and Stream


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The "WELLS" Reel in the 1891 THOMAS J. CONROY Catalog


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The "WELLS" Reel Sold by THOMAS J. CONROY


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THOMAS J. CONROY January, 1891 Forest and Stream Magazine Ad


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THOMAS J. CONROY May, 1891 Forest and Stream Magazine Ad


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Forest and Stream 1915 Ad


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Forest and Stream 1917 Ad


To see an excerpt from a Conroy, Bissett & Malleson 1881 Catalog, click on the link below.

Link to 1881 Conroy, Bissett & Malleson Catalog



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