Mercer Pottery Company

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The Mercer Pottery Company was started in 1868 by James Moses in Trenton, New Jersey and ran successfully until the 1930s. It claimed to have made the first semi-porcelain ware in the United States.[1] They operated four kilns and employed 120 people with an annual revenue of $150,000 per year.[2] In 1900, the plant faced a strike by its jiggermen who claimed the company paid unfair wages.[3] The issue was brought to a committee formed by parties on both sides to settle the matter, but workers decided that the committee was not deciding fast enough.[3] Despite the strike, the plant continued to operate and the issue remained at the committee.[3] A decade later, the plant threatened to shut down due to, what it considered, unreasonable demands by city inspectors.[4]


  1. ^ Barber, Edwin (1904). Marks of American Potters (Book). Philadelphia, Patterson & White. p. 57. OCLC 39366448. 
  2. ^ "Trenton's Potteries" (PDF). The New York Times. March 29, 1873. 
  3. ^ a b c "How it happened: Trenton account of the Mercer strike"Paid subscription required. The Evening Review. East Liverpool, Ohio. May 3, 1900. p. 2 – via 
  4. ^ "Anchor Potter may remain open"Paid subscription required. Trenton Evening Times. Trenton, New Jersey. June 5, 1915. p. 2 – via