In operation 1876 - c.1905
Rockingham and brown stoneware, fancy flower pots and hanging baskets, hanging logs, stumps and pedestals, stove collars, yellowware, majolica (Mains & Fitzgerald 1877)
Rockingham and yellowware, including tea and coffee pots, jars, spittoons, dishes, bowls, pans, etc., also majolica ware (Industries of New Jersey 1882:178)
White granite, decorated biscuit, painted and majolica ware … jugs, cuspidors and jardinieres a specialty (Potters National Union 1893)
Majolica jugs, Toby pitchers, teapots, plates, bowls, creamers, vases, jardinieres and spittoons (Snyder and Bockol 1994:139; Snyder 2005:42-43)
“In the manufacture of Rockingham and Yellow Ware the Mayer Brothers excel. Their manufactures consist of the colored pottery known as Rockingham and Yellow Ware, and include tea and coffee pots, jars, spittoons, dishes, bowls, pans, etc. of superior make and favorably known to the trade of the country. They also manufacture Majolica Ware, and are importers of printed and decorated ware of various kinds.”
— Industries of New Jersey, Trenton, Princeton, Hightstown, Pennington and Hopewell. 1882. Historical Publishing Company, New York, New York, Newark, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Industries of New Jersey, Trenton, Princeton, Hightstown, Pennington and Hopewell. 1882. Historical Publishing Company, New York, New York, Newark, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Quarter-Century’s Progress of New Jersey’s Leading Manufacturing Centres. Dover. 1887. International Publishing Company, New York.
Harney, W.J. 1929. “Trenton’s First Potteries.” Sunday Times Advertiser, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1929.
Snyder, Jeffrey B. and Leslie Bockol. 1994. Majolica: American and European Wares. Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, Pennsylvania.
Liebeknecht, William B. 2000. “Joseph Mayer’s Arsenal Pottery Dump, Part 1: Yellow Ware.” Trenton Potteries, 1(2):1-2, 4.
Liebeknecht, William B. 2000. “Joseph Mayer’s Arsenal Pottery Dump, Part 2: Majolica.” Trenton Potteries, 1(3):4-5
Kelly, Henry E., Arnold A. Kowalsky and Dorothy E. Kowalsky 2001. “Spongeware, 1835-1935, Makers, Marks and Patterns.” In: A Schiffer Guide for Collectors with Price Guide, p. 102-104.
Liebeknecht, William B. 2001. “Joseph Mayer’s Arsenal Pottery Dump, Part 3: Cut Sponge Decorated Ironstone China.” Trenton Potteries, 2(3/4):1-4.
Hunter, Richard W. 2003. “The Pottery Decorating Shop of the Mayer Arsenal Pottery Company.” Trenton Potteries, 4(2):1-6.
Earls, Amy. 2004. “Trenton Sponge Wares of the Late 19th Century.” In Earthenware, Crockery, & China in America, 1607-present. URL: http://www.greatestjournal.com/community/potterynews/10420.html. Viewed: May 4, 2004.
Snyder, Jeffrey B. 2005. Antique Majolica Around the House. Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, Pennsylvania.
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Block and Lot:
Historic Street Address:
Third Street corner of Temple Street; Third Street and Schenck Street
City of Trenton
Robinson, E., and R. H. Pidgeon. 1881. Atlas of the City of Trenton and Suburbs New Jersey: From Actual Surveys and Official Records. E. Robinson, New York, New York. (Plate J: shown as “Mayer Bros. Rockingham Pottery”)
Haven, C. C. 1882. A New Real Estate and Insurance Map of the City of Trenton Including Chambersburg, Millham, and Parts of Ewing, Lawrence, and Hamilton Townships, Mercer County. E.P. Noll & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Shown as “Meyer Bros. Rockingham Pottery”)
Sanborn, D. A. 1874. Insurance Diagrams of Trenton. Corrected to 1886. D.A. Sanborn, New York, New York. (Plate 19: shown as “Joseph Mayer’s Pottery”)
Sanborn‑Perris Map Company. 1890. Insurance Maps of the City of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. Sanborn‑Perris Map Company, New York, New York. (Plate 36: shown as “Mayer Arsenal Pottery”)
Scarlett & Scarlett. 1890. Scarlett & Scarlett’s Fire Insurance Map of Mercer County. Scarlett & Scarlett, Newark, New Jersey. (Plate 28: shown as “Jos. Mayer Manf’r of Majolica Ware”)
Lathrop, J. M. 1905. Atlas of the City of Trenton and Borough of Princeton. A.H. Mueller & Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Plate 5: shown as “Mayer Pottery Co.”)
|Name in census||Mayer Brothers|
|Number of hands||30|
|Males above 16||20|
|May to Nov hours||10|
|Nov to May hours||10|
|Total wages in year||7800|
|Full time months||12|
|Value of raw material||2000|
|Value of product||20800|