Imperial Porcelain Works

  

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In operation

1906-1944

Wares

hard porcelain (Industrial Directory 1906); electrical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1909, 1912, 1918, 1927); electric insulation (Industrial Directory 1931); electrical insulation, chemical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1934); electrical, mechanical & chemical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1938); sanitary earthenware (Industrial Directory 1938)

Notes

On August 8, 1909 fire severely damaged the property. The old stone still house was partly removed during renovations after the fire (Harney 1929).

The surviving buildings are described within the text. In 1906, William Cook (son of Charles) sold to the Excelsior Pottery which was bought a year later by Imperial Porcelain Works whose plant further east on Mulberry had burned down. This company made electrical porcelain ware until 1944 when they went out of business. During World War II Meade Aviation manufactured parachutes at the site (Abramson and Karschner 1978:15).

Selected References

New Jersey Bureau of Industrial Statistics. 1906. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1906-1938. “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.

New Jersey Bureau of Industrial Statistics. 1909. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Industrial Statistics. 1912. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

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.

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.

Trenton Chamber of Commerce. 1929. “Trenton: 250th Anniversary of the Settlement of Trenton.” On file, Trenton Public Library, Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1931. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

“Two Porcelain Companies Unite: Cook and Ceramic Concerns Get Together.” Trenton Times, November 19, 1931.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1934. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1938. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

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

Abramson, D.V. and T. Karschner. 1978. “An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites, Trenton, New Jersey.” On file, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office (NJDEP), Trenton, New Jersey.

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

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.

City of Trenton Tax Assessor Records. On file, Trenton Public Library, Trenton, New Jersey.

Other Names

C.S. Cook & Company; East Trenton Pottery Company; Excelsior Pottery; Imperial Porcelain Works, Inc.; Imperial Pottery Company; East Trenton Pottery Works

Block and Lot:
213A/1-3

Historic Street Address:
New York Avenue and Mulberry Street; Mulberry Street and Delaware and Raritan Canal; Mulberry Street and Pennsylvania Railroad; 457 Mulberry; 491 Mulberry

Municipality:
City of Trenton