Lee’s Pottery


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In operation



hotel china and telegraph insulators (Trenton State Gazette, Monday, June 28, 1880)


“Mr. Wm. T. Lee has assumed entire control of the Washington Pottery, and will continue to manufacture hard porcelain hotel goods as before. In addition to these wares he is now engaged on a contract for a large number of telegraphic insulators” (Trenton State Gazette, Monday, June 28, 1880).

“Isaac Broome, who achieved outstanding fame in Trenton as the designer of a number of major sculptured pieces for Ott & Brewer, including the Baseball Vase and the bust of Cleopatra, engaged in a short-lived effort to operate his own pottery” (Goldberg 1998:51).

Attribution of “Phoenix Pottery” to this site (based on Fitzgerald 1882-83) is open to question.

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1880-1883. “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.

“Pottery Notes.” Trenton State Gazette, Monday, June 28, 1880.

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

Washington Pottery; Broome & Lee; Lee's Pottery; ?Phoenix Pottery Works

Historic Street Address:
Clinton near the Star Rubber Works; Mechanic Avenue

Lawrence Township; Millham Township