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Belleville on the Passaic River

Pattern Category: Places

Series: Shell Border, Circular Center

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Height: 11.625 inches
  • Length: 14.625 inches

Considered Rare


This soup tureen by Enoch Wood & Sons in the Shell Border, Circular Center, shows the Belleville on the Passaic River view on both sides.  This pattern is only found in this form.  Originally settled by the Dutch in the 1670s, its name was changed to Belleville from Second River (also the original name of the Passaic River itself) in 1797.  Belying the peaceful countryside shown here, Belleville has been called the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America, since the first steam engine operated in this country was used to pump out the flooded Schuyler copper mines here in 1755.