East Trenton Porcelain Company

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In operation    1864-1884


White and cream colored wares (Raum 1871)


“The pottery started on June 1, 1864 with production commencing about 1866. The company was operated as a corporation having received its charter in February 1864. The investor group with Imlah Moore as principal erected a complex of pottery buildings, twelve brick tenement houses for workers, stables and a large basement adjacent to the canal. The economic slump of the early 1870’s claimed the East Trenton Porcelain Company. By January 1873, Imlah Moore reclaimed the property at a sheriff’s sale and turned the operation over to his son Joseph H. Moore who ran the operation for ten years. In 1884, the Sheriff sold the property to Israel Lacy, who operated under the name of Anchor Pottery.”

— 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.

Selected References

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

“The Manufactories of Trenton. Article III. East Trenton Porcelain Company.” Trenton State Gazette, Monday, September 10, 1866.

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

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

East Trenton Porcelain Company

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

Lawrence Township; Millham Township

1870 Census

Name in censusEast Trenton Porcelain Company
Capital Invested132000
Type of power 1Steam
Horsepower 150
Machine name 1Steam engine
Machine name 2Jiggers
Machine name 3Plungers
Machine name 4Sundry small machines
Machine quantity 11
Machine quantity 23
Machine quantity 32
Machine quantity 410
Raw material type 1Coal
Raw material type 2Clay
Raw material type 3Flint
Raw material type 4Spar
Raw material type 5Wood
Raw material type 6Sand
Raw material type 7Total materials value
Product type 1White Granite Ware, Cream Colored Ware
Product value 143332
Male hands above 1670
Female hands above 166
Yearly wages23418
Months operating8

1880 Census

Name in censusJoseph H. Moore
Number of hands300
Males above 16200
Females above 1520
May to Nov hours10
Nov to May hours10
Skilled wages3
Ordinary wages1.25
Total wages in year85000
Full time months12
Value of raw material90000
Value of product200000
Number of engines1
Horse power80