Nathan Trotter



“Nathan Trotter & Co. Metals”
“Pig Tin, Pig Lead, Slab Zinc”

The son of middle class Quaker parents in Colonial Philadelphia, Nathan Trotter was born into a family of craftsmen and entrepreneurs. His uncles and brothers were well-respected cabinetmakers, merchants, and bankers. Nathan founded his namesake metal-importing company on the banks of the Delaware River in 1789, providing tin to Colonial craftspeople who turned it into pewter.


In the 200 years since its founding, Nathan Trotter & Co., Inc. has evolved into the largest manufacturer of tin and tin alloys in North America. They remain in business to this day.

North Front between Cuthbert and Church Streets [map]



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