Anchor Pottery

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In operation    1884-1926


Cream-colored ware, white granite, semi-porcelains, dinner and toilet ware (Trenton Board of Trade 1900)

Porcelain goods (Industrial Directory 1906)

Electrical porcelain (Industrial Directory 1909)

Dinner and toilet ware (Industrial Directory 1912, 1918, 1927)


The pottery was operated by James E. Norris. Area of approximately 440′ x 550′ on the Delaware and Raritan Canal between Pennsylvania railroad and Philadelphia & Reading railroad; the factory has spurs from each line. The pottery owned fourteen kilns (four biscuit, five gloss and five decorating) and employed two hundred fifty hands. Products were chiefly high grade cream colored ware, white granite and semi-porcelain dinner and toilet ware, both plain and decorated. Their products were shipped throughout the northeast United States.

— Trenton Board of Trade. 1900. Industrial Trenton and Vicinity. George A. Wolf Publishers, Wilmington, Delaware.


Selected References

Trenton Board of Trade. 1900. Industrial Trenton and Vicinity. George A. Wolf Publishers, Wilmington, Delaware.

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

Branin, M. Lelyn. 1988.  The Early Makers of Handcrafted Earthenware and Stoneware in Central and Southern New Jersey.  Associated University Presses, Inc., Cranbury, New Jersey.

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

Anchor Pottery

Block and Lot:
213A/1,2; 217D; 217E

Historic Street Address:
New York Ave corner Mulberry St; E. Trenton above Canal; Delaware & Raritan Canal; Delaware & Raritan Canal above Rose; South Rose; New York Ave near Olden; 930 New York Ave

Millham Township; City of Trenton