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Old 05-25-2007, 02:36 PM
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I am looking for information on the Ford China Co. They were located in Ford City, Pa. 1898-1904. This is in reference to a piece of ironstone ware that I recently purchased. If anyone has information about this co. please contact me. Thank you.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:34 PM
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Default Ford China

My family is from Ford City and we have several pieces of Ford City China that belonged to my grandmother.

Ford City is about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh on the Allegheny River. It was founded in 1887 as a company town by Capt. John B. Ford when he built a large Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory on the banks of the river.

From the Armstrong County PA Beers Project

Ford City Borough (broken link)

"The Ford City Potteries were started in 1898 by John Wick, Jr., of Wickboro (a small village north of Ford City), and Captain Ford, and in a short time became the greatest plant in the United States. Later on they came into the hands of the Pennsylvania China Co., who at the time of their suspension were manufacturing only insulators for all kinds of electric transmission lines, and fixtures. Formerly the product was chinaware and decorative tableware"

Eljer Plumbing eventually purchased the pottery buildings: From Eljer.com:

"Eljer continued to grow, and in 1918 purchased a dinnerware pottery in Ford City, Pennsylvania, located approximately 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh on the east bank of the Allegheny River. The Ford City area was particularly well-suited for the production of plumbing fixtures because of its abundance of raw materials; supply of fuel, such as natural gas and coal; and easy access to transportation via railroad and Allegheny River. The town of Ford City itself was originally founded by Captain John B. Ford as the site of a P.P.G. plant. It was Captain Ford and John Wick who built the pottery, now occupied by Eljer, back in 1897. The acquisition of the Ford City pottery enabled Eljer to offer vitreous china fixtures for every type installation; i.e., residential, commercial, industrial and institutional. "

Eljer is in the process of downsizing (e.g., outsourcing) most of the bathroom fixture business in Ford City, and the factory is a shadow of its former self.

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Old 03-19-2015, 06:10 AM
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Where would I find value on a piece labeled ford china company all find is bowl and teapot
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