Dear Helaine and Joe:
This Fulper pottery set was given to my mother around 1950. It has “Fulper” stamped on the bottom of each piece other than the flower frog. Is it still considered to be collectible?
To find the beginnings of Fulper Pottery, it is necessary to go back to 1805, when drainage tiles began being made in Flemington, New Jersey. Some sources say this is the beginning date for the company that would become known as Fulper.
Other sources say the company originated when Samuel Hill arrived in Flemington from New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1814 and began making drainage tiles like some of his neighbors. Hill died in 1858, and the pottery was purchased by one of Hill’s workers, Abraham Fulper.
Fulper branched out a bit and began serving the community’s needs by making earthenware and stoneware objects that every mid-19th century household needed to go about its daily business. They made canning jars, vinegar jugs, beer mugs, bottles, butter churns and drinking fountains for chickens and other poultry.