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“Messrs. Alpaugh, Magowan & Co. are to be complimented on the happy fortune of being able to produce so many pretty shapes in dinner and tea ware” (Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885).

“Wares included granite ware, sanitary items, and (supposedly) a very fine grade of porcelain” (Robinson and Feeny 1980:64).

“É the business was sold in 1883 to Messrs. Alpaugh and McGowan É Alpaugh and McGowan operated the pottery under their own name as well as the Empire Pottery. In 1892, the Empire Pottery joined with four other potteries to create the Trenton Potteries Company É The British coat of arms was also used by Alpaugh & McGowan with Empire Pottery above and the initials A & M below. Another mark consisted of a wreath enclosing E.P. Co. and the name Empire above” (Goldberg 1998:37).

Selected References

Woodward, E.M. and John F. Hageman. 1883. “History of Burlington and Mercer Counties.” Everts and Peck, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1884-1892. “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.

“Among the Potters.” Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885.

Newark Museum Association. 1914. “The Work of The Potteries of New Jersey: From 1685 to 1876 , Being Extracts from ‘The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States,’ by Edwin Atlee Barber and Marks of New Jersey Potteries, as Reproduced from ‘Pottery,’ Published by The Thomas Maddock’s Sons Company.” Newark Museum Association, Newark, New Jersey.

Thorn, C. Jordan. 1947. “Handbook of Old Pottery & Porcelain Marks.” Tudor Publishing Company, New York, New York.

Van Hoesen, Walter Hamilton. 1973. “Crafts and Craftsmen of New Jersey.” Associated University Presses, Inc., Cranbury, New Jersey.

Lehner, Lois. 1980. “Complete Book of American Kitchen and Dinner Wares.” Wallace-Homestead Book Company, Des Moines, Iowa.

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

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

Nottle, Diane. 1997. “Beauty, Utility & Paychecks, All Built on a Base of Clay.” New York Times, November 9, 1997.

Goldberg, David J. 1998. “Preliminary Notes on the Pioneer Potters and Potteries of Trenton, N.J.: The First Thirty Years – 1852 – 1882 (And Beyond).” Privately published, Trenton, New Jersey.

Other Names

Empire Pottery; Empire Pottery Company

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Historic Street Address:
Clinton Avenue on Belvidere and Delaware Railroad; Clinton Avenue on Perry Street; North Clinton Avenue corner of Ott Street

City of Trenton