American Crockery Company

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In operation    1865-1887


Bisque and white granite ware (Abramson and Karschner 1978)

Stone china, bisque, and white granite goods, “Yedda” dinnerware, a “Wheat” jug, “Cable” dinnerware and jug, a “Rose” jug, also chamber sets in “Bamboo,” “Rustic,” and “Bullion,” etc. … Yedda dinnerware had an “all over Daisy pattern painted in deep underglaze blue heightened by gold” (Lehner 1980:24)


“The American Crockery Company have the distinctive honor of having been the first pottery in the city of Trenton, if not in this country, to take up the business of decorating their own production of white goods, and from a beginning that would now be considered ridiculously small, they have made the decorating branch the principal department of their business.”

— “Among the Potters.” Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885.


Selected References

“The Manufactories of Trenton. Article II. The Pottery Trade.” Trenton State Gazette, Monday, August 27, 1866.

Woodward, E.M. and John F. Hageman. 1883. History of Burlington and Mercer Counties. Everts and Peck, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Among the Potters.” Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885.

Harney, W.J. 1929. “Trenton’s First Potteries.” Sunday Times Advertiser, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1929.

Goldberg, David J. 1998.  Preliminary Notes on the Pioneer Potters and Potteries of Trenton, N.J.: The First Thirty Years – 1852 – 1882 (And Beyond).  Privately published, Trenton, New Jersey.

Other Names

East Trenton Crockery & Kaolin Company; Fisk & Cheeseman; Fisk's Pottery; American Crockery Company

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
New York Avenue near Mulberry Street; Delaware and Raritan Canal above Rose Street


1880 Census

Name in censusAmerican Crockery Co.
Number of hands189
Males above 1690
Females above 1543
May to Nov hours10
Nov to May hours10
Skilled wages2
Ordinary wages1.5
Total wages in year85000
Full time months12
Value of raw material40000
Value of product140000
Number of engines1
Horse power60