Trenton Pottery Works

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In operation    1865-1875


Yellowware; Rockingham ware (Trenton State Gazette, Monday, August 27, 1866)


“The first pottery in Trenton was established about thirteen years ago by Mr. Taylor of the firm of Taylor & Houdayer, who was the pioneer of the trade in this vicinity. His earliest labors were confined to the manufacture of yellow and Rockingham ware”

–“The Manufactories of Trenton. Article II. The Pottery Trade.” Trenton State Gazette, Monday, August 27, 1866).

Selected References

Young, Jennie J. 1879. The Ceramic Art: A Compendium of the History and Manufacture of Pottery and Porcelain. Harper & Bros., New York, New York.

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

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.

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

Trenton Pottery Company

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

1870 Census

Name in censusTrenton Pottery Co.
Capital Invested50000
Type of power 1Hand
Raw material type 1Coal
Raw material quantity 1800 tons
Raw material value 15000
Raw material type 2Koln [Culm?]
Raw material type 3Clay
Raw material type 4Lead
Raw material type 5Cobalt
Raw material type 6B[oric] Acid
Raw material type 7Zinc
Raw material type 8Flint
Raw material type 9Feldspar
Raw material type 10Straw
Raw material type 11Package
Raw material type 12Total
Raw material quantity 2150 tons
Raw material quantity 3150 tons
Raw material quantity 42 tons
Raw material quantity 5150 lbs
Raw material quantity 62000 lbs
Raw material quantity 72000 tons
Raw material quantity 8100 tons
Raw material quantity 9100 tons
Raw material quantity 1025 tons
Raw material quantity 11600 tons
Raw material value 24000
Raw material value 31500
Raw material value 4250
Raw material value 5500
Raw material value 6600
Raw material value 71700
Raw material value 81700
Raw material value 92000
Raw material value 10300
Raw material value 11750
Raw material value 1216780
Product type 1Pottery
Product value 140000
Male hands above 1620
Female hands above 165
Yearly wages18000
Months operating6