Trenton Potteries Company (Enterprise Pottery)

  

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In operation

1892-1941

Wares

earthen and chinaware (Industrial Directory 1901); pottery ware (Industrial Directory 1906); porcelain and sanitary ware (Industrial Directory 1909); sanitary earthenware (Industrial Directory 1912, 1918, 1927, 1931, 1934)

Notes

Surviving sketches including four kiln bases are described. The Trenton Potteries Co. was formed in 1894 from five potteries including Enterprise which had been on this site since 1879. This conglomerate made sanitary ware: domestic, industrial, and institutional. The Company makers mark was a five pointed star encircling a number between one and six. The number “4” designated Enterprise Pottery (Abramson and Karschner 1978:16).

Detailed history and documentation for this pottery is porvided in Hunter Research, Inc. 1995 and John Millner & Associates, Inc. 1995.

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1892-1920. “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.

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.

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 ExhibitionÉSection 2-B. Manufacturers’ Building.” Trenton, New Jersey.

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

Lee, Francis Bazley. 1907. “Genealogical and Personal Memoir of Mercer County, New Jersey.” Lewis Publishing Co., New York.

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.

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.

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, Department of Labor. 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.

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

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.

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.

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, Department of Labor. 1931. “The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.” Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, Department of Labor. 1934. “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.

Van Hoesen, Walter Hamilton. 1973. “Crafts and Craftsmen of New Jersey.” Associated University Presses, Inc., Cranbury, 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.

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.

Geo-Graf Geophysical Investigations. 1994. “Ground Penetrating Radar Survey, NJDOT Route 1 Exit Ramp Site, New York Ave., Trenton, NJ.” On file, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, New Jersey.

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

Hunter Research, Inc. 1995. “Cultural Resource Survey, U.S. Route 1 and New York Avenue Off-Ramp, City of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey.” On file, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, Trenton, New Jersey.

John Milner & Associates, Inc. 1995. “Historic American Engineering Record Documentation of the Enterprise Pottery, Route 1SB Over New York Avenue, City of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey.” On file, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, New Jerey.

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 #4; Enterprise Pottery

Block and Lot:
212A/19

Historic Street Address:
New York Avenue near Olden Avenue

Municipality:
City of Trenton