In operation 1871-1892
White granite and cream colored wares for tables, toilet and druggists’ use, complete line of decorated china and parian wares and statuary (Mains and Fitzgerald 1877);
Largely china and white granite ware, decorated goods, including a full line of dinner, tea, toilet, and hotel ware, opaque china goods, the “Century” dinner and tea ware and “Lochiel” toilet ware in opaque china, “Belleek” egg-shell china (Quarter Century’s Progress 1887:267)
“It is due Messrs. Ott & Brewer to say that they have done more to elevate the art of pottery in Trenton than any single firm in the city, and it is not difficult for one to say this, because every competitor admits it without reserve and points with pride to the satisfactory results they have attained in the production of that peculiarly delicate porcelain which has been regarded as the very perfection of delicacy in the manufacture of artistic pottery.”
— “Among the Potters.” Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885
Ott & Brewer. 1874. Revised Standard American Price List of White Granite and C.C. Ware. Trenton, New Jersey.
“Rivaling English Ware: What Ott and Brewer Have Done.” Trenton Evening Times, October 15, 1883.
“Among the Potters.” Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885
Ott & Brewer Company. c. 1890. Ott & Brewer Co., Potters, Trenton, New Jersey, Manufacturers and Decorators: Ott & Brewer China, White Granite and Druggists’ Sundries. Trenton, New Jersey.
New Jersey State Museum. 1971. An Exhibition of Pottery and Porcelain made by Ott and Brewer at Etruria Works in Trenton, New Jersey 1871-1892. New Jersey State Museum Department of Education, Trenton, New Jersey.
Mitchell, James. 1972. “Ott and Brewer: Etruria in America.” In: Winterthur Portfolio 7:217-218.
Gaston, Mary Frank. 1984. American Belleek. Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.
Denker, Ellen Paul. 1989. Lenox China: Celebrating a Century of Quality 1889-1989. Lenox, Inc., Trenton, New Jersey.
Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney. 1989. American Porcelain, 1770-1920. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York.
Viksjo, Cathy. 1996. “Trenton’s ‘Lost’ Ceramic Treasures.” Trenton Times. October 27, 1996.
Nottle, Diane. 1997. “Beauty, Utility and Paychecks, All Built on a Base of Clay.” New York Times, November 9, 1997.
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 firms at this site:
Ott & Brewer's Etruria Pottery Works; Etruria Pottery Company
Block and Lot:
Historic Street Address:
Clinton Avenue near Belvidere and Delaware Railroad; East of Normal School; Millham Road; North Clinton corner of Ott; Clinton corner of Ott; N. Clinton Avenue corner of Ott; Clinton Ave. east of Normal School
City of Trenton
Everts & Stewart. 1875 Combination Atlas Map of Mercer County. Everts and Stewart, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Shown as “Etruria Pottery”)
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 K: shown as “Etruria Pottery Ott & Brewer”)
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 “Etruria Pottery Works-Ott & Brewer”)
Sanborn, D. A. 1874. Insurance Diagrams of Trenton. Corrected to 1886. D.A. Sanborn, New York, New York. (Plate 11: shown as “Etruria Pottery Co.’s Wks.”)
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 15: shown as “Etruria Pottery Co.-Ott Brewer & Co.”)
Scarlett & Scarlett. 1890. Scarlett & Scarlett’s Fire Insurance Map of Mercer County. Scarlett & Scarlett, Newark, New Jersey. (Plate 57: shown as “The Ott & Brewer Co Etruria Pottery”)
|Name in census||Etruria Pottery Co.|
|Number of hands||200|
|Males above 16||125|
|Females above 15||25|
|May to Nov hours||9|
|Nov to May hours||8|
|Total wages in year||60000|
|Full time months||12|
|Value of raw material||100000|
|Value of product||180000|
|Number of engines||1|