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The Salem China Company was located in Salem, Ohio in Columbian County, northwest of East Liverpool.

It was founded by Patrick and John McNicol, Daniel Cronin, and William Smith in 1898 with production beginning a year later.[1] (It should be noted some sources claim it was Thomas McNicol who partnered with Smith and Cronin.) In 1918, the pottery was purchased by F. A. Sebring and Floyd W. McKee was put in charge until he retired in 1950. Charles F. Fox served as assistant secretary and treasurer, and J. A. Armstrong was sales manager for many years.

By 1930, the pottery was firing 25,000 pieces per day and at the height of production employed over 500 people.

Salem China stopped manufacturing wares in the 1960s and was reorganized into a sales and service company.[2]

Many of the distinctive shapes from the 1930s and 1940s were created by designer Vicktor Schreckengost. Some of the more collectible ones are Tricorne and Free Form. Other popular shapes include Symphony, New Yorker, Heirloom, and Century.

On Wednesday, July 23, 2003, the southernmost portion of the factory was destroyed by fire.[3]


References:
[1] Duke, Harvey. The Official Price Guide to Pottery and Porcelian, 8th Edition. New York, NY: House of Collectibles, 1995
[2] Lehner, Lois. Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1988
[3] Shields, Larry. Fire destroys old Salem China factory. The East Liverpool Review, July 24, 2003

Below are pages related to the vintage wares of the Salem China Company. Advertisements and related ephemera have been organized into the links below.

To return to this page, look for the "SALEM CHINA" link at the upper right hand corner of the banner or the BACK link at the bottom of each page.



Trade Advertisement 1899

Letterhead

Heirloom

Fish Set 1933

Salem Catalog: mid-1930s

Tricorne

Initialed Ware

Salem Dinnerware

G. A. Soden & Co.

King Edward VIII Plate

Harlem Moon 1939

Bennett Brothers 1940

Symphony 1940

Colonial Fireside

Service Plates

Rhode-Spencer Catalog

Lotus

Commemorative Plates 1949

Orchard 1949

Anniversary on Ranchstyle

Christmas Eve

Ranchstyle and Flair 1952

Promotional Mailer 1955

Peach and Clover on Flair

Jackstraw Blue 1954

British Ceramics Catalog 1955

Free Form Advertisements

Free Form Price Lists

Salad Nappies

Copper Trim Series

Sturdi-Ware

Salem Dinnerware 1958

Salem Dinnerware 1959

Salem Dinnerware 1963

Swirl

Assorted Advertisements

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