Norton Pottery Companies 1793-1894
Bennington




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Bennington, Vermont
  • 1793 established by Captain John Norton making redware
  • 1800 first stoneware was made
  • 1823 Capt Norton retired and son Luman Norton took over renaming the pottery L Norton and Company
  • 1828 Luman became sole owner and the name became plain L Norton
  • 1833 the mark became L Norton and Son, when Lumans son Julius entered the firm
  • 1840 the mark became Julius (or J) Norton, it is assumed that Luman Norton had retired
  • 1842 became bankrupt and reorganized
  • pre 1845 Christopher W Fenton became a partner after working there several years, he was married to Julius' sister, and the mark became Norton and Fenton
  • 1845 fire destroyed the pottery and it was rebuilt
  • 1847 the partnership was dissolved and the mark used was Julius (or J) Norton
    C W Fenton partnershiped to found the Lyman, Fenton and Company which became United States Pottery Company
  • 1850 a cousin Edward Norton became a partner and the mark was changed to J. and E. Norton
  • 1859 the only son of Julius, Luman Preston Norton entered the firm and it became J. & E. Norton and Company or J. Norton and Co
  • 1861 Julius died and the pottery became E. & L. P. Norton
  • 1881 Lumas Preston Norton retired and the pottery mark became E. Norton
  • 1883 C W Thatcher bought half interest and the mark became Edward Norton and Company or E. Norton and Company
  • 1884 Edward Norton died and C.W.Thatcher took over, He ceased pottery production and operated as a wholesaler until 1911
They produced Rockingham, stoneware jugs, crocks, brown glazed pottery pieces, whiteware for table use, yellowware for milkpans, pitchers, mixing bowls, baking dishes, etc
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