Assunpink Pottery


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The Speeler Pottery operated eight kilns and employed one hundred and seventy five hands (Woodward and Hageman 1883; Harney 1929).

“Henry Speeler died in 1871 and the family continued to run the pottery until 1872 when the executors sold the interest to the Speeler Pottery CompanyÉ In 1878, Speeler’s Pottery was acquired by Carr and Clark and the name was changed to the Lincoln Pottery” (Goldberg 1998:30-31).

Selected References

Boyd, Andrew and William H. Boyd. 1873-1876. “Boyd’s Trenton City Directory: Containing the Names of Its Citizens, a Compendium of Its Government and of Public and Private Institutions, and a Business Directory of the Principal Towns in Mercer County, a List of Farmers.” Andrew Boyd and W. Harry Boyd, Syracuse, New York and Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

R.G. Dun & Company Collection, Mercer County. 1877-1878. 3 [46]:99.

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

Jervis, William P. 1897. “A Book of Pottery Marks.” Press of Hayes Bros., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Newark Museum Association. 1914. “The Work of The Potteries of New Jersey: From 1685 to 1876 , Being Extracts from ‘The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States,’ by Edwin Atlee Barber and Marks of New Jersey Potteries, as Reproduced from ‘Pottery,’ Published by The Thomas Maddock’s Sons Company.” Newark Museum Association, Newark, New Jersey.

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

Thorn, C. Jordan. 1947. “Handbook of Old Pottery & Porcelain Marks.” Tudor Publishing Company, New York, New York.

Robinson, Dorothy and Bill Feeny. 1980. “The Official Price Guide to American Pottery & Porcelain.” House of Collectibles, Orlando, Florida.

Leibowitz, Joan. 1985. “Yellow Ware: The Transitional Ceramic.” Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Lehner, Lois. 1988. “Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay.” Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

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.

Liebeknecht, William B. 2003. “Makers Marks from the Assunpink Pottery Works.” In Trenton Potteries, 4(3):6-7.

Liebeknecht, William B. 2005. “Rockingham Wares from Trenton, New Jersey.” In “Fancy Rockingham Pottery,” by Diana Stradling, pp. 81-86. University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia.

Other Names

Speeler Pottery Company

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
Canal Street near Front Street; West Canal and Assanpink; West Canal corner of Plymouth; East Front Street Basin; Stockton and Front Street Basin

City of Trenton