Unique and Unusual Cordey Porcelain, Part 3

Unique and Unusual Cordey Porcelain, Part 3

This latest group of unusual Cordey pieces also includes the three known styles of ‘couples’ (two figures on a single base), and a very unusual large trinket box. Décor Items Although this small (6.5” high) vase is often found in color, it was fairly rare for Cordey to produce anything in plain, undecorated white. This [...]

Cordey Lookalikes: Heirlooms of Tomorrow

Cordey Lookalikes: Heirlooms of Tomorrow

As mentioned in my recent post about Chantilly China, the Cordey China Company had yet another lookalike product in the 1940s home décor market. Unlike Chantilly, this other company – Heirlooms of Tomorrow – was based not in Trenton, but on the west coast. The brand ‘Heirlooms of Tomorrow’ was launched in 1944 in Manhattan [...]

Cordey Figures and Smalls: A Retail History in Vintage Ads

Cordey Figures and Smalls: A Retail History in Vintage Ads

This companion article to my Cordey Lamps in Vintage Ads post will look at their human figures and home décor objects. I’ve combined the two genres because most retailer ads contained both; ads showing Cordey lamps usually showed only those. Retailer ads for Cordey items first appeared within a year of the company’s 1942 incorporation. [...]

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 [...]