Eureka Pottery


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tea-sets and other earthenware (Trenton Evening Times, Friday, July 3, 1885); majolica (Goldberg 1998:50); majolica tea sets, pitchers, cake stand, platter and double-handled vase (Snyder and Bockol 1994:139-140; Snyder 2001:25, 152; Snyder 2005:42, 101-102)


“Stephen Clive & Co. have taken the Eureka Pottery, Millham, and will make tea-sets and other earthenware” (Trenton Evening Times, Friday, July 3, 1885).

“J. Bentley Pope and James G, Lee who have been connected with the Union Pottery, last week bought out the old Eureka Pottery at Prince and Meade streets, East Trenton, and they intend to remodel the building and establish in it a decorating shop on a large scale. Thomas Whitehead was the former owner of the Eureka.

It is reported that measures are in progress to take the Union Pottery out of the hands of the Receiver” (Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, December 16, 1888).

“Leon Weil founded the Eureka Pottery in Trenton in 1883. The pottery had a short life, closing forever when it burned down in 1887. This firm produced what may have been the most attractive majolica to come out of Trenton. Their majolica was quality ware fashioned after English patterns. Two marked Eureka patterns were adaptations of Asian designs produced earlier in the century in English majolica. The first was a bird and fan on a pebbly white or blue background. The second was an owl and fan design on a white, brown or pebbly gray background.

George Jones’ and Minton’s stork patterns were also reflected in Eureka designs. Eureka produced stork pitchers with a single large white bird standing among cattails and other marsh plants.

Eureka Pottery marked much of their majolica wares. They used an impressed mark with the company name ‘EUREKA POTTERY’ arching over the ‘TRENTON’ town name” (Snyder and Bockol 1994:139-140).

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1884-87. “Fitzgerald’s Trenton and Mercer County Directory, Together with a Directory of Bordentown, Burlington, Mount Holly and Lambertville, NJ and Morrisville, PA, Included a Fund of Information Concerning Public and Private Institutions, National, State, County, City and Borough Governments, Gathered from Reliable and Official Sources.” Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Trenton, New Jersey.

Trenton Evening Times, Friday, July 3, 1885.

Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, December 16, 1888.

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.

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.

Snyder, Jeffrey B. 2001. “Marvelous Majolica.” Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, Pennsylvania.

Snyder, Jeffrey B. 2005. “Antique Majolica Around the House.” Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, Pennsylvania.

Other Names

Eureka Pottery; Eureka Porcelain Works; Stephen Clive & Company

Historic Street Address:
Meade Av., Millham; Clinton opp. Mead, Millham

Millham Township