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C. C. Thompson Pottery
The C.C. Thompson Pottery, named after Cassius C. Thompson, operated in East Liverpool, Ohio from 1868 until 1938. Like many other potteries in the late 1800s, they produced Rockingham and yellowware and later semi-porcelain dinnerware. It was located along the Ohio River and just to the side of the old Chester Bridge.

In the early 1920s, potteries started replacing their outdated periodic (bottle) kilns with more efficient continuous tunnel kilns. There was a time when a pottery's size was judged on the number of bottle kilns it possessed, both large production and small decorating versions. C.C. Thomposon had fourteen. To put this in perspective, Taylor, Smith & Taylor in Chester, WV had 10, Harker Pottery, also in Chester, had 8. The Edwin M. Knowles China Company in Newell, WV had 19, Knowles, Taylor & Knowles in East Liverpool had between 15 and 20, and the mammoth Homer Laughlin had 78 between its plants in East Liverpool and Newell. C.C. Thompson was, therefore, of considerable size.

On September 19, 1938, it was announced that C.C. Thompson would close the plant after, "seventy years of uninterrupted operations in East Liverpool, Ohio." At the time there were 300 employees. The company continued operations for a short period to exhaust its supply of materials.

Even though CCT was a larger pottery and lasted until the late 1930s, there is very little of it available to collectors today.

Some of the more common shapes and glazes produced by C. C. Thompson include

  • Aladdin - plain round
  • Chatham - scalloped shape with light embossing towards the rim
  • Glenwood - plain round
  • Francis - based on Havilland's Ranson shape
  • Hanover - octagon with periodic basketweave embossing
  • Heriloom Jade - special light green glaze used on several shapes in the early 1930s
  • Melrose - an early white ware shape
  • Madison - octagon shape with gadroon rim
  • Mayfair - Fancy ornate shape
  • Old Liverpool - Round shape with shell embossing on the rim
  • Royal Gold - light yellow glaze used on several shapes in the ealry 1930s
  • Seville - Square shape with emobssed rim
  • Sydney - an ornate Toilet Ware shape
  • Stafford - Round shape with octagon wells and hexagonal hollowware




Chester Bridge with CCT at the right.

One of several floods to hit the pottery.



Advertisement from 1931 featuring CCT's Seville shape with floral decals.



CCT batter jug with a KT&K Platter

Seville shape platter, early 1930s


Madison shape set

Seville shape Nappy

Left: Newspaper clipping on C. C. Thompson from 1931
Right: Photo taken inside the pottery


Examples from the early 1930s.
"Heirloom Jade" Dinner Plate
Old Liverpool shape plate


C. C. Thompson's Francis shape teapot and sugar. Circa 1915.

Postcard of C. C. Thompson, postmarked 1906


Ohio River Flood from 1907. Taken from the Chester Bridge with the C. C. Thompson Pottery in the background.

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