American Porcelain Works

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In operation    1899-1912

Wares

porcelain hardware specialties and electrical porcelain, porcelain doorknobs (Industrial Directory 1901)

Notes

This company was originally established in Corona, Long Island in 1863 as the French China Works. Products consisted of porcelain hardware specialties and electrical porcelain, also jet and brown door knobs and specialties. The pottery had a siding on the Pennsylvania Railroad.

— Trenton Board of Trade. 1900.  Industrial Trenton and Vicinity.  George A. Wolf Publishers, Wilmington, Delaware.

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1899-1900.  Fitzgerald’s Trenton and Mercer County Directory, Together with a Directory of Bordentown, Burlington, Mount Holly and Lambertville, NJ and Morrisville, PA, Included a Fund of Information Concerning Public and Private Institutions, National, State, County, City and Borough Governments, Gathered from Reliable and Official Sources.  Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Trenton, New Jersey.

Trenton Board of Trade. 1900.  Industrial Trenton and Vicinity.  George A. Wolf Publishers, Wilmington, Delaware.

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1901-1912.  Fitzgerald’s Trenton and Mercer County Directory, Together with a Directory of Bordentown, Burlington, Mount Holly and Lambertville, NJ.  Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Trenton, New Jersey.

Robinson, Dorothy and Bill Feeny. 1980.  The Official Price Guide to American Pottery & Porcelain.  House of Collectibles, Orlando, Florida.

Other Names

American Porcelain Works

Block and Lot:
19E-2A/16, 35, 68, 75, 80, 86, 95, 237

Historic Street Address:
Murray Street corner of Artisan Street; Murray Street near West End Avenue

Municipality:
City of Trenton