Trenton Potteries Company (Ideal Pottery)

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In operation    1900-1928


Bath tubs, laundry tubs, sanitary ware, earthen and chinaware (Industrial Directory 1901)

Pottery ware (Industrial Directory 1906)

Porcelain and sanitary ware (Industrial Directory 1909)

Sanitary earthenware (Industrial Directory 1927)

Selected References

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

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 Materials and Explaining Modern Methods Used in the Manufacture of Sanitary Earthenware.” January, 1925.

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.

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

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

Trenton Potteries Company Plant No. 6; Ideal Pottery

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
379 North Clinton Avenue; 365 North Clinton Avenue; North Clinton Avenue corner Ott Street

City of Trenton