Standard China Works

  

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In operation

1879-1919

Wares

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)

Notes

“The firm of Bock & Whitehead, formerly engaged in the manufacture of porcelain and mineral knobs in East Trenton, has recently dissolved the partnership existing between them, and Mr. Warren Kimball, having disposed of his interest in the grocery business, has entered into a partnership with Mr. Boch to continue the business” (Trenton State Gazette, April 11, 1879).

“The Pottery Enterprise. — Plans and specifications of the new pottery which is contemplated by Mr. Dale and others, capitalists of New York, in this city, have been submitted to contractors so that the project has taken practical shape. It will be located on the line of the Delaware and Bound Brook railroad, near Prospect Hill, and adjacent to the factory of Messrs. Kimball and Bock. There will be a frontage of 400 feet in length, and two wings, one 150 feet in length, and the other 80 feet” (Trenton State Gazette, Monday, March 8, 1880).

“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 and Hageman 1883:693).

“Standard China Works, W. Kimble, Proprietor. Manufacturers of hard porcelain for electrical purposes, hardware trimmings and woolen mill supplies” (Trenton Board of Trade 1900:81).

Between 1910 and 1920 four other firms (Artistic Porcelain Company; Jet and Mineral Knob Company; Joseph C. Sharkey; Mitchell-Bissell Company) are listed at various times at this address in the city directories in addition to Standard China.

Selected References

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

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

Federal Census of New Jersey. 1880. Industrial Schedules. On file, New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1880-1900. “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.

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.

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1901-1931. “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. 1901. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

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

New Jersey Bureau of Industrial Statistics. 1918. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

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

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:
28-3A/156

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

Municipality:
City of Trenton