Standard China Works

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In operation    1879-1919


Chinaware & porcelain hardware trimmings (Woodward and Hageman 1883:693)

Porcelain trimmings (Industrial Directory 1901)

Hard porcelain; porcelain goods (Industrial Directory 1906)

Chinaware, electrical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1909)

Electrical porcelain, door knobs (Industrial Directory 1912)

Porcelain guides for textile machinery (Industrial Directory 1918)


“In 1879, W. Kimble commenced the manufacture of chinaware and porcelain hardware trimmings at works which he had erected on Prospect Street, near the Bound Brook Railroad. The manufacture of chinaware was soon dropped, and the business is now only hardware trimmings. Thirty hands are employed at this pottery, which has two kilns.”

— Woodward, E.M. and J.F. Hageman. 1883.  History of Burlington and Mercer Counties.  Everts and Peck, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Selected References

“Pottery Notes.” Trenton State Gazette, April 11, 1879.

“The Pottery Enterprise.” Trenton State Gazette, Monday, March 8, 1880.

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

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

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

Standard China; Standard China Works; Artistic Company; Artistic China Company; Artistic Porcelain Company; Jet and Mineral Knob Company; Joseph C. Sharkey; Mitchell-Bissell Company

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
Prospect Street and Globe Street; Prospect Street and Pennsylvania Railroad

City of Trenton

1880 Census

Name in censusWarren Kimble
Number of hands20
Males above 1616
Females above 152
May to Nov hours10
Nov to May hours10
Skilled wages$2
Ordinary wages$1
Total wages in year$6,000
Full time months3
1/2 time months6
Months idle3
Value of raw material$2,233
Value of product$10,500
Number of engines1
Horse power80