Grist Mill Antiques Center To Celebrate Manufacturing Heritage Of Trenton

Trenton Pottery To Be Highlighted In Special Sales Display

June 8, 2018

“Trenton Makes. The World Takes,” reads the iconic sign on the bridge that spans the Delaware River for over 100 years. Today, visitors may think the motto is a bit misplaced, as the once thriving factory town is not what it once was. Trenton, N.J., played a major role in American history. It was in the Battle of Trenton,when the Colonials slipped across the Delaware River on Christmas night to surprise the Hessian army for Gen. Washington’s first major victory.
Trenton’s industrial roots date a century before the Revolutionary War when Mahlon Stacy first built a gristmill in 1679. What followed was the development of one of the most productive regions in the colonies, which remained so as the fledgling United States grew, and even into the beginning of the 20th century. Everything from Revolutionary weapons to flour was produced in the area, arming and feeding Washington’s group of patriots. In the 1800s, industry began to boom, largely due to the increased means of importing raw materials from western regions of the country and due to exporting the items produced via canals and railroads.
While Trenton became known as a center of iron and steel (the oversized bathtub for President Howard Taft was custom-made in one of the local factories), a plethora of pottery manufacturers began to move into the area to take advantage of the wealth of resources surrounding the city. In the mid-1800s, William Young moved from New York to found a company that introduced whiteware to America. Everyday items, as well as those for decorative use, were produced by Speeler, Taylor & Bloor, later renamed the Trenton Pottery Company. Scammell Pottery, in operation until the 1950s, was known for their made-to-order restaurant ware as well as the china used by the B&O Railroad. High quality porcelain that rivaled china from England was produced by Greenwood Pottery. Glasgow Pottery, the most successful manufacturer in the mid-1800s, was known for their design and production of commemorative teacups and saucers. As the Industrial Revolution grew, Belleek began to manufacture its delicate fine china in Trenton and companies like Fulper, Stangl, and Lenox, among others, began creating works of art that are still treasured and collected today.
This month, Grist Mill Antiques Center is recalling the days when Trenton was one of the manufacturing capitals of the country. Stop by to see their special sales display that showcases Trenton’s finest achievements.
This multi-dealer shop is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The last Wednesday of the month, it holds a scavenger hunt with a prize being awarded to the person who finds the most items on the list. Lists are given out at 5 p.m. Light refreshments are served. Also, each week the store has a 25 percent off sale on a special category.
They are located at 127 Hanover St. in Pemberton, N.J. For additional information, call 609-726-1588 or email


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