Trenton Potteries Company (Empire Pottery)

  

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In operation

1892-1928

Wares

earthen and chinaware (Industrial Directory 1901); pottery ware (Industrial Directory 1906); electrical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1909); sanitary earthenware (Industrial Directory 1912, 1918, 1927)

Notes

The Trenton Potteries Company produced the Trenton Vase for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. The Trenton Potteries Company presented the vase to the State Museum in 1956 (Frelinghuysen 1989:248-250).

“In 1892, the Empire Pottery joined with four other potteries to create the Trenton Potteries Company. The combine concentrated on sanitary pottery and, along with Maddock, was a dominating factor in this phase of pottery production for many years.” In the early 1920s, the Trenton Potteries Company was acquired by the Crane Company, but continued to operate under the original name (Goldberg 1998:37).

The Rose Vase, also produced for the St. Louis Exposition, is at the Trenton City Museum.

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1893-1900. “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.

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1896. “Specialties Department/The Trenton Potteries Co., Manufacturers of Druggists’ Sundries and Essential Articles for use in Hospitals and Sick-Rooms.” Brandt Press, Trenton, New Jersey.

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1901-1928. “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.

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

New Jersey Bureau of Industrial Statistics. 1901. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1901. “Trenton Potteries Co., Trenton, N.J. Location of Exhibit: Department of Sanitation, Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Building, Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, N.Y.” Trenton, New Jersey.

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1904. “You are Invited and Requested to Invite Your Friends to Visit our Exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition…Section 2-B. Manufacturers’ Building.” 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.

The Trenton Potteries Company. c.1910. “The Bellemeade line: Vitreous China Lavatories.” Trenton, New Jersey.

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

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1913. “Catalogue Sanitary Pottery: Bathroom, Toilet, Kitchen and Laundry Fixtures.” S.H. Burbank & Co., Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1915. “The Blue Book of Plumbing. Catalogue N: Sanitary Pottery: Bathroom, Toilet, Kitchen, Laundry and Other Sanitary Fixtures.” S.H. Burbank & Co., Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1921. “The Blue Book of Plumbing. Catalogue R.” Trenton, New Jersey.

Hayward, W. (United States Attorney). 1922. “In the District Court of the United States America, for the Southern District of New York: United States of America vs. the Trenton Potteries Co., et al.: Indictment Filed August 9, 1922” Freemont Payne, Inc., New York, New York.

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1925. “Established 3500 B.C.: A Brief History of the Origin and Development of All Clay Plumbing Fixtures.” Trenton, New Jersey.

Trenton Magazine. 1925. “How the Trenton Potteries Company Manufactures ‘Tepeco’ All-Clay Plumbing Products: Showing Care Used in Selection of Materials and Explaining Modern Methods Used in the Manufacture of Sanitary Earthenware.” January.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, Department of Labor. 1927. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

The Trenton Potteries Company. 1927. “The Blue Book of Plumbing. Catalogue T.” S.H. Burbank & Co., Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

Nottle, Diane. 1997. “Beauty, Utility & Paychecks, All Built on a Base of Clay.” New York Times, November 9, 1997.

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

Trenton Potteries Company Plant #3

Block and Lot:
39-1B/1

Historic Street Address:
Clinton Avenue on Belvidere and Delaware Railroad; Clinton Avenue on Perry Street; North Clinton Avenue corner of Ott Street

Municipality:
City of Trenton