Cordey Lookalikes: the Chantilly China Company

Cordey Lookalikes: the Chantilly China Company

Never let it be said that Cybis vs. Boehm was the only cross-town porcelain rivalry in Trenton: Before that, there was Cordey vs. Chantilly! There were actually two Cordey lookalike/wannabe companies operating during the 1940s and 1950s, but Chantilly was the one who shared Cordey’s turf. Chantilly’s legal history has been frustratingly hard to trace, [...]

Cordey Lamps: A Retail History in Vintage Ads

Cordey Lamps: A Retail History in Vintage Ads

The next several Cordey posts in the Archive will take a look at the history of the company through vintage retailer advertising, accompanied by examples of the actual items that were sold at the time. This first instalment in the series will focus exclusively on the Cordey lamps. A general timeline of the company’s corporate [...]

An Intriguing 1940s Cybis Beauty

An Intriguing 1940s Cybis Beauty

One of the most enjoyable things about creating the Cybis Archive has been hearing from readers who have questions about Cybis or information to share. This is particularly true in regard to the 1940s and 1950s pieces, many of which were either never documented by Cybis or their original information has been lost. An especially [...]

History of the Cordey China Company

History of the Cordey China Company

Any history of Cybis porcelain would be incomplete without delving, at least somewhat, into its predecessor – the Cordey China Company. This post is the first in a series that will look at Cordey through vintage retail advertisements combined with photos of the actual pieces found for sale today. Cordey production can be divided into [...]

Cordey Christmas Trees

Cordey Christmas Trees

Although the Cybis studio never produced a porcelain Christmas tree, their ‘sister company’, Cordey, made two styles. At least one of the trees was produced during the years when the Cybis and Cordey lines co-existed in the same Church Street studio. Because one of the main Cordey lines was lamps, it made sense for them [...]