Franklin Pottery

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In operation    1873-1883


Wedgwood mortars, flat top jars, stoneware, Parian, jet blacks, etc. (1876 Advertisement)

Wedgwood & Berlin mortars, flat top jars, fine stoneware (Woodward and Hageman 1883:860)


“We were shown yesterday an exquisite piece of artistic Parian. It is the handiwork of Mr. George Wood who is now engaged in making ornamental Parian work at Whitehead’s Pottery, Millham.  This piece, is a wreath of moss roses and lilies of the valley, and is a perfectly artistic production, each petal and tendril being wrought upon the tiny stems with a beautiful sense of nature.  Trenton is to be congratulated upon the success of this addition to her artistic pottery, for it was upon this class of work that Josiah Wedgwood founded his fame. We had the pleasure of seeing a collection of beautiful Wedgwood cameos at the New York Academy of Design, and we see no reason why they cannot be produced in Trenton, when our artisans can turn out such a delicate piece of workmanship as that now on exhibition in the window of Messrs. Cook & Jaques.” 

Trenton State Gazette, March 2, 1878



Selected References

Trenton State Gazette, March 2, 1878.

“Pottery Notes.” Trenton State Gazette, April 11, 1879

“The Pottery Enterprise.” Trenton State Gazette, Monday, March 8, 1880.

Woodward, E.M. and J.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.


Other Names

Franklin Pottery Company; Franklin Pottery; Thomas Whitehead & Company;

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
Prince near Webster; Meade Av., Millham

Lawrence Township; Millham Township

1880 Census

Name in censusWilliam T. Lee
Number of hands14
Males above 168
Females above 153
May to Nov hours10
Nov to May hours10
Skilled wages2
Ordinary wages1
Total wages in year1000
Full time months4
Months idle8
Value of raw material1000
Value of product2500