East Trenton Pottery

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In operation    1867-1906


White granite, stone porcelain, and decorated ware, a specialty being made of hotel ware (Industries of New Jersey 1882:152; Woodward and Hageman 1883:860)

Dinner, tea and toilet sets (Trenton Evening Times, January 31, 1884)

Opaque china, thin ware, hotel ware, white granite, c.c., and decorated ware, tea sets, dinner sets, toilet wares (Quarter Century’s Progress 1887:273)


“In 1867, Mr. C.S. Cook became the sole proprietor and continued the business up to August, 1873, when the East Trenton Pottery Company was formed and incorporated by an act of the Legislature. Mr. C.S. Cook was then chosen President and Treasurer and Mr. W.M. Marshall was made Secretary, both gentlemen serving down to the present time. Under the new management various alterations, enlargements, improvements and extensions have been made to the works, until now they rank among the foremost in the country. The manufactures are white granite, stone porcelain, C.C. and decorated ware, hotel ware being made a specialty. The premises are 275 x 300 feet in dimensions, on which is erected nine commodious stone and brick buildings, three stories in height. The engine is of forty-horse power and serves to heat the premises by means of steam pipes. Six kilns are in use and the ware here produced enjoys an excellent reputation throughout the land, Employment is given to one hundred and fifty hands. There are sheds, stables, railroad-switch, canal basin, etc.” 

Industries of New Jersey, Trenton, Princeton, Hightstown, Pennington and Hopewell. 1882.  Historical Publishing Company, New York, New York, Newark, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Selected References

Industries of New Jersey, Trenton, Princeton, Hightstown, Pennington and Hopewell. 1882. Historical Publishing Company, New York, New York, Newark, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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

“East Trenton Pottery. The Productions of an Old Plant.” Trenton Evening Times, Thursday, January 31, 1884.

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

Abramson, D.V. and T. Karschner. 1978. “An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites, Trenton, New Jersey.” On file, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office (NJDEP), Trenton, 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

C.S. Cook & Company; East Trenton Pottery Company; East Trenton Pottery Works

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
New York Avenue and Mulberry Street; Mulberry Street and Delaware and Raritan Canal; Mulberry Street and Pennsylvania Railroad; 457 Mulberry; 491 Mulberry

Lawrence Township; Millham Township; City of Trenton

1870 Census

Name in censusC. S. Cook & Co. East Trenton Pottery
Capital Invested60000
Type of power 1Steam
Horsepower 140
Machine name 1Press
Machine name 2Jiggers
Machine name 3Pans
Machine name 4Steam Engine
Machine quantity 11
Machine quantity 24
Machine quantity 37
Machine quantity 41
Raw material type 1Flint
Raw material quantity 1150 tons
Raw material value 12250
Raw material type 2Spar
Raw material type 3Clay
Raw material type 4Coal
Raw material type 5Total
Raw material quantity 2200 tons
Raw material quantity 3500 tons
Raw material quantity 41000 tons
Raw material value 23000
Raw material value 35000
Raw material value 45000
Raw material value 515250
Product type 1White crockery of all description
Product value 150000
Male hands above 1630
Female hands above 1610
Yearly wages20000
Months operating10

1880 Census

Name in censusEast Trenton Pottery Co.
Number of hands200
Males above 16100
Females above 1525
May to Nov hours10
Nov to May hours8
Skilled wages2.5
Ordinary wages1.25
Total wages in year65000
Full time months9
3/4 time Months3
Value of raw material60000
Value of product140000
Number of engines1
Horse power120