International Pottery

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In operation    1879-1936


Yellowware (Raum 1871)

White granite, c.c. and decorated ware (Industries of New Jersey 1882:214)

Rockingham, white granite, cream colored, and fancy decorated (Woodward and Hageman 1883)

White granite earthenware (Industrial Directory 1901)

Vitrified china and porcelain (Industrial Directory 1906)

Toilet and dinnerware (Industrial Directory 1909)

Dinner and hotel ware (Industrial Directory 1912, 1918)

Dinner, toilet & hotel ware (Industrial Directory 1927)

Semi-porcelain table & toilet ware (Industrial Directory 1931)

Royal Blue, white granite, semi-porcelain and china wares (Harney 1929; Abramson and Karschner 1976)


“The International Pottery Company’s works is another large establishment founded on the modest beginning of the earlier potteries in this city of potteries, and Messrs. Burgess & Campbell, the proprietors, have concentrated all their efforts on the one point of producing the best class of white granite and semi-porcelain. They have succeeded in placing on the market an excellent grade of the two lines mentioned, and have gained a reputation for durability of goods that cannot be disputed.”

— “Among the Potters.” Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885.


Selected References

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

“Among the Potters.” Trenton Evening Times, Sunday, November 15, 1885.

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

Podmore, Harry J. 1954. “International Pottery Co.” Sunday Times Advertiser, November 28, 1954.

Lehner, Lois. 1980.  Complete Book of American Kitchen and Dinner Wares.  Wallace-Homestead Book Company, Des Moines, Iowa.

Gaston, Mary Frank. 1994.  Collector’s Encyclopedia of Flow Blue China.  Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

Stern, Marc Jeffrey. 1994.  The Pottery Industry of Trenton: A Skilled Trade in Transition, 1850-1929.  Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 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

International Pottery Company; Burgess & Campbell

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
Canal Street near Front Street; West Canal and Assanpink; West Canal corner of Plymouth; East Front Street Basin; Stockton and Front Street Basin

City of Trenton

1880 Census

Name in censusInternational Pottery Co.
Number of hands175
Males above 1665
Females above 1513
May to Nov hours10
Nov to May hours10
Skilled wages2.25
Ordinary wages1.25
Total wages in year38625
Full time months11
Months idle1
Value of raw material29750
Value of product81400
Number of engines1
Horse power30