In operation 1852-1865
Porcelain, Queensware, Rockingham and cane-colored fire proof ware (1854/55 advertisement)
All kinds of porcelain, Queensware, Rockingham, cane colored fire proof ware (Harney 1929)
“The new pottery commenced operations in 1852 under the name of ‘Taylor and Speeler.’ The equal partnership was modified two years later. In September 1855, Taylor conveyed his interest to Speeler who three months later reconveyed two-thirds of his interest in equal shares to Taylor and their East Liverpool, Ohio associate, William Bloor. Thereafter the pottery conducted business under the name of Speeler, Taylor and Bloor … Based on name changes, it is possible to date pieces marked or inscribed ‘Taylor & Speeler’ to the period from May 1853 through 1855; pieces marked Speeler, Taylor & Bloor date from 1856 to early 1860… In 1860, Henry Speeler sold his interest to John F. Houdayer. Taylor and Houdayer incorporated the pottery in February 1865 as the Trenton Pottery …” (Goldberg 1998:17-18).
–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.
Woodward, E.M. and John 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.
Trenton Historical Society. 1929. A History of Trenton 1679-1929: Two Hundred and Fifty Years of a Notable Town with Links in Four Centuries. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.
Lehner, Lois. 1980. Complete Book of American Kitchen and Dinner Wares. Wallace-Homestead Book Company, Des Moines, Iowa.
Leibowitz, Joan. 1985. Yellow Ware: The Transitional Ceramic. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., West Chester, 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.
Other firms at this site:
Taylor & Speeler; Speeler & Taylor; Speeler, Taylor & Bloor; Taylor & Houdayer
Block and Lot:
52B; 52C; NJ RT 26
Historic Street Address:
Greenwood Avenue corner of Jackson Street; Railroad between Jackson & Mercer; Taylor near Mercer; Mercer corner of Taylor; Taylor near Broad
City of Trenton
|Name in census||Speeler & Taylor|
|Raw materials 1||Clay|
|Quantity materials 1||1000 tons|
|Value materials 1||5000|
|Raw materials 2||Spar|
|Quantity materials 2||500 tons|
|Value materials 2||1250|
|Raw materials 3||Flint|
|Quantity materials 3||500 tons|
|Value materials 3||1250|
|Power type 1||Hands & Mill Power|
|Male hands employed||60|
|Female hands employed||3|
|Kind of product||All Kinds Porcelain & Earthen Ware|
|Value of product||50000|