Climax Porcelain Company


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In operation



electrical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1918)


“In 1886, the Providential Tile Works at Enterprise Avenue and Cherry Street was in operation. In 1920 this became the Climax Porcelain Works, and later became the Trumbuill Electrical Manufacturing Company” (Harney 1929).

“Mr. James H. Robinson and Mr. C. Louis Whitehead founded the Providential Tile Works in 1885, although their first items were not porduced until 1886. Isaac Broome was their first modeller and designer, and Scott Callowhill was the designer after Broome left. Although the company is best known for its embossed tiles, they also engaged in both underglaze and overglaze decorated ones, including some which were gilded and painted in cloisonne effect” (Robinson and Feeny 1980:343).

Based on city directory information, the Climax Porcelain Company moved to this site from 747 New York Avenue in 1916-1917 and continued there until 1920 (after being at its New York Avenue site from at least 1912).

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1917-1920. “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.

New Jersey Bureau of Industrial Statistics. 1918. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

Harney, W.J. 1929. “Trenton’s First Potteries.” Sunday Times Advertiser, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1929.

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

Quigley, M.A. and D.E. Collier. 1984. “A Capital Place: The Story of Trenton.” Historical Society and Windsor Publications, Inc., Woodland Hills, California.

Lehner, Lois 1988 “Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay.” Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

Other Names

Climax Porcelain Company

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
Enterprise Avenue near Cherry Street; 150 Enterprise Avenue

City of Trenton