Scammell China Company (Lamberton Works)

  

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In operation

1923-1955

Wares

hotel china (Industrial Directory 1927); vitrified china (Industrial Directory 1931); hotel vitrified china (Industrial Directory 1934); hotel china (Industrial Directory 1938); hotel china dinnerware (Industrial Directory 1940-41)

Notes

“DeVegh designed many of [Scammell’s] Art Deco figurines, as he was also to do for Lenox, and the Scammell ones ones are quite a bit rarer than the Lenox ones. The company also made a great number of commemorative items, particularly plates. The overwhelming majority of their pieces, however, are lower level dinnerware items” (Robinson and Feeny 1980:344).

The Lamberton Works was bought from the Maddock family by the Scammell brothers in 1923 for $700,000. In 1934 Scammell started a major rebuilding program that included replacing the bottle kilns with continuous tunnel kilns. In 1955 the factory ceased production, the firm’s patents were sold to the Sterling China Company of East Liverpool, and the Scammell Company was dissolved (Hunter Research, Inc. 2003).

Selected References

“Scammell Bros. and Charles A. May buy Maddock Plant.” 1923. State Gazette, November 22, 1923.

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1924-1938. “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 Statistics and Records, Department of Labor. 1927. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

Scammell China Company. 1928. “Scammell’s Trenton China Vitrified” (price list). Updated 1931 and 1933. Trenton, New Jersey.

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

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

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.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1940-41. “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.

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.

Kovel, Ralph and Terry Kovel. 1986. “Kovel’s New Dictionary of Marks: Pottery & Porcelain 1850 to the Present.” Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, New York.

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

Stern, Marc Jeffrey. 1994. “The Pottery Industry of Trenton: A Skilled Trade in Transition, 1850-1929.” Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Louis Berger & Associates, Inc. 1996. “Delaware and Raritan Canal (Site 28Me108) Historical and Archaeological Studies.” Trenton Complex Archaeology: Report 11. The Cultural Resource Group, Louis Berger & Associates, Inc., East Orange, New Jersey. Prepared for the Federal Highway Administration and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Trenton, New Jersey.

Conroy, Barbara J. 1998. “Restaurant China, Volume 1: Identification & Value Guide for Restaurant, Airline, Ship and Railroad Dinnerware.” Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

Scammell, Stephen W. 1998. “The History of the David William Scammell (Lamberton and Trenton China) Family in America.” Privately published, Stephen W. Scammell.

Conroy, Barbara J. 1999. “Restaurant China, Volume 2: Identification & Value Guide for Restaurant, Airline Ship & Railroad Dinnerware.” Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

Hunter Research, Inc. 2003. “Archaeological Data Recovery Excavations and Monitoring, New Jersey Route 29, City of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey.” Vol. III. Report on file, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, Trenton, New Jersey. Draft.

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

Other Names

Scammell China Company

Block and Lot:
72A; 75B

Historic Street Address:
Third Avenue and Landing Street; 301 Third Street; 300-303 Third Street

Municipality:
City of Trenton