Etruria Pottery

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In operation    1894-1932


Toilet and table earthenware (Industrial Directory 1906)

Pottery ware (Industrial Directory 1909)

Dinner ware and electrical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1912, 1918)

Novel earthenware (Industrial Directory 1927)

Electrical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1927)

Electric porcelain refractory tubes for resistances (Industrial Directory 1931)

General and hotel wares (Podmore 1932)

Maker's Marks

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“Following the demise of the Ott & Brewer Company, the Cook Pottery Company was formed February 14, 1894, to manufacture china on that site. Products inlcuded semi-vitreous ware, porcelain dinnerware, Belleek-type items, and Delft-type items. It is possible that Cook inherited O&B molds as well as the building. Perhaps the best known Cook item is their Admiral Dewey pitcher, which commemorated Dewey’s victory at Manila in 1898.”

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

Selected References

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

Stover, Edward. 1903. “Technical Advances in Trenton.” Transactions of the American Ceramic Society:147-150.

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

Podmore, Henry. 1932. “Old Pottery Landmark Passes at Trenton.” Ceramic Age:271.

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

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.

Conroy, Barbara J. 1999.  Restaurant China: Volume 2.  Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

Other Names

Cook Pottery Company; Cook Company; C.H. Cook Pottery Company; Cook China Company; American Sanitary Pottery Company

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
Clinton Avenue near Belvidere and Delaware Railroad; East of Normal School; Millham Road; North Clinton corner of Ott; Clinton corner of Ott; N. Clinton Avenue corner of Ott; Clinton Ave. east of Normal School

City of Trenton