"Pottery Hill" redirects here. For the mound of ancient pottery located in Egypt, see Abu Ballas.
Pfaltzgraff is an Americankitchenware brand that sells dinnerware, serveware, drinkware and flatware.
It is commonly reported that the Pfaltzgraff company was founded in 1811 in York County, Pennsylvania, by several members of the Pfaltzgraff family who were potters, though the most notable member was Johann George Pfaltzgraff, who arrived in York County from Germany in 1833. Johann, having come from a family of potters, knew the trade, and passed his skills on to his seven sons. After Johann died in 1873, three of his children, John, George, and Henry, were still carrying on the business. The business became official in 1889 when George and Henry started a partnership that would become The Pfaltzgraff Co. The first factory was built in 1895.
The business continued to grow, and in 1960, Pfaltzgraff opened their first retail store under the name Pottery Hill. During the 1950s and 1960s, the products were mostly sold in specialty stores, but in the 1970s, the business made a strategic decision to sell in higher-end department stores, such as G. Fox & Co. and Macy's. Several lines of Pfalzgraff glazed earthenwares have featured among the 100 most popular ceramic designs. A large mural depicting Pfaltzgraff's history was painted in York, Pennsylvania in 1998. The Pfaltzgraff Co. was sold to Lifetime Brands, Inc. in 2005.
Until recently, the company owned and operated 67 stores throughout the U.S. as well as their online presence at www.pfaltzgraff.com. In 2009, Lifetime Brands opted to close all 67 stores and only maintain their Internet presence. All the stores, most of which were outlet stores, were liquidated and closed. The product line currently includes dinnerware, glassware, flatware, and other kitchen preparatory and cooking tools.
- ^Walsh, David A.; Stetler, Polly, eds. (1989), Pfaltzgraff: America's Potter, York, PA: Historical Society of York County; Pfaltzgraff Company
- ^"Appendix A: 100 Most Popular Patterns" listed from the records of Replacements.com and illustrated in Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates Shax Riegler. 2011. pp256ff.
- ^Fischer, John (2005-06-20). "Pfaltzgraff Co. Sold to Lifetime Brands". Multichannel Merchant. Penton Media. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
Collecting Vintage Pfaltzgraff Heritage Dishes – Tips and Tricks
Today I’m sharing all about my vintage Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes, where I find pieces to add to my set, and how you can tell the difference between older pieces and new ones!
In my post last week I shared a little bit about my vintage Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes, and I promised to one day write a post all about them. Well, this week seemed like a good week to share!
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I’ll be honest, when I first saw these dishes at a thrift store I knew nothing about them. I just thought they were so pretty and classic, and I knew they would look beautiful on display in my dining room. The set that I found was very mismatched…it had some salad bowls, a platter, some serving and mixing bowls, a butter tub, and a large soup tureen all for twelve bucks.
When I got it all home and started placing it on my shelves, I decided to do some research and see what exactly I had found. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that my dishes were by Pfaltzgraff, and that I had purchased part of the white Heritage collection.
History of Pfaltzgraff Heritage Dishes
Here’s a fun fact – I love history. Maybe that’s why antique stores are so much fun for me. There is something so amazing about picking up an antique and wondering where it’s been or who used it.
When I found out that my dishes were made by Pfaltzgraff, of course I wanted to learn more about the company and name. It turns out that Johann George Pfaltzgraff was a potter who lived in Germany during the early 1800’s. He was having some difficulty establishing a trade there, and decided to move to Pennsylvania after learning about the success of some relatives who had already immigrated to America.
Over 200 years later, Pfaltzgraff is still around today and they continue to produce ceramics for the home. The dishes in my set are a part of the Heritage collection which was introduced in 1963. It is the oldest dinnerware pattern that is still in production today.
Where can I find vintage Pfaltzgraff Heritage pieces?
I have only ever purchased dishes at thrift stores and antique stores. Over the years I have added cups and saucers, dinner plates, a large pitcher, cream and sugar, and more pieces to my collection!
Since Heritage pieces are white, they can sometimes be difficult to spot, especially at thrift stores. The larger dinner plates that I have were completely hidden under another large stack of plates that I almost looked over. So when you’re shopping, make sure to dig!
There is also a wonderful selection of Heritage pieces on eBay, and I’m sure you could search Facebook Marketplace and Craig’s List as well!
How can you tell the difference between the old Pfaltzgraff Heritage pieces and the new ones?
There are several things you can look out for when you are shopping for vintage Pfaltzgraff. If you find a dish that resembles the Heritage pattern, flip it over and check the bottom. The Pfaltzgraff family castle was used in the 1960’s and stamped on the bottom of each piece.
I’m not sure what marking is used today since I’ve never actually purchased a newer Heritage piece. I have looked at newer Pfaltzgraff pieces, and most of the dishes I’ve seen have a painted logo rather than an embossed one.
Shape and Weight
I have found Heritage dishes at thrift stores before, but I could just tell by the way that they felt and looked that they were newer pieces. The older dishes are thicker and sturdier, but the newer dishes feel thinner and lighter.
One thing that might help is to visit the Pfaltzgraff site and just start reading the reviews under the Heritage collection. It’s amazing how many people agree – they just don’t make ‘em like they used to!
Reviews provide helpful insight if you’re looking to start a collection of your own, because many times people post photos of the newer dishes next to their older ones to show the difference.
Another thing to look out for is coloring. The original Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes can be described as being pure white or even bone white in color. The newer dishes almost have a gray tint to them. Again, refer to the photos under the ratings on the Pfaltzgraff site. They are very helpful!
There you have it! I hope this article was a help to you. A lot of people my Mom’s age (or older) chuckle when I talk about my “vintage” Pfaltzgraff dishes. Yes, I realize that even the 1960’s dishes aren’t that old. Even so, I truly love the style and feel of the Heritage pattern, and it’s so much fun for me when I find dishes to add to my collection.
How do you clean Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes?
I have always used simple soap and water to clean my dishes. In fact, I have even ran the cups and mugs through the dishwasher.
I have found that these cleaning pads do an amazing job removing scuffs and scratches.
There is something so timeless and classic about white dishes in general, but the clean lines and the curved edges of the Pfaltzgraff Heritage pattern really speak to me and the cottage style I love so much.
Do you own any vintage Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes? Let me know in the comments below!
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Discontinued & Current Pfaltzgraff Patterns
Accidents happen and when a piece of your favorite Pfaltzgraff china or dinnerware breaks, it can be frustrating trying to find a replacement when you discover that your pattern has been discontinued. To help you with your search for replacement or additional pieces for your Pfaltzgraff collection, we have created this catalog of the Pfaltzgraff patterns. Just bookmark the page for your pattern, and check back once a week for new listings to add to your collection.
Did we miss your pattern? We'll be happy to create a page for you. Just post your request at our Facebook Page. Patterns are divided alphabetically into separate sections providing a thumbnail preview of each pattern.
Value of Discontinued Pfaltzgraff Dishes
Pfaltzgraff is a contemporary manufacturer whose stoneware and china have been sold since the early 1800s when the business began as a simple pottery shop in Pennsylvania. The company's patterns offer a variety of traditional, innovative, humorous and seasonal motifs. The patterns are often limited to a few seasons or years. Decorators, collectors, and homemakers are enthusiastic buyers for discontinued patterns.
Collectibles and Demand
Pfaltzgraff stoneware and china dishes are collectible for many reasons. They are beautiful, useful, interesting, and not necessarily very expensive as new products. The dinnerware and serving pieces are often unusually innovative and include related items as diverse as lamps, clocks and linens of all kinds. If a discontinued pattern remains popular for many years, the price for pieces is likely to be high. If demand is low, the price will likely remain low.
Collectibles and Availability
Availability is also a factor in the price of collectibles such as Pfaltzgraff dishes. If the company made the pattern for many years and sold thousands of pieces, the prices are much more likely to remain low. Conversely, if the production of the product and pattern was limited to only a few years or seasons and sales were modest, the price may become higher if demand continues.
Unique Pfaltzgraff Pieces
A third issue relating to price would be the uniqueness of some pieces of Pfaltzgraff. A five-piece place setting of a discontinued popular pattern may be priced at or just above its original cost, but a decorative birdhouse-shaped cookie jar or pitcher could be priced considerably higher than the original retail. More than a few of Pfaltzgraff's designs have been separately collected for years; snow globes and cakestands, for example, command high prices.
Some discontinued Pfaltzgraff dinnerware prices seem to encourage collecting and will enable collectors to add pieces to their place settings. A number of discontinued patterns are sold for as little as $10 per plate or $4 for a mug. However, replacing a broken sugar bowl will cost as much as $15 and a footed tray might be $40. Other slightly higher priced patterns are offered at $57 for a place setting and $147 for a more complete set of serving pieces. Still more unusual and desirable pieces may be priced for many hundreds of dollars.
Where to Shop
To buy discontinued Pfaltzgraff at the lowest prices or to sell the dinnerware for the highest prices, you must first know the name of the desired pattern. Search for the pattern by name on any of several websites devoted to china and dinnerware, including the official Pfaltzgraff site. These offer hundreds of examples of pieces available for sale, will allow a collector to sell on the website, and will run a search for a particular piece requested by a collector. After determining what may be expected when buying or selling, you may want to turn to newspaper classified ads, Craig's list, e-bay, thrift shops, charity shops, and garage sales.
Karen W. Waggoner is a retired teacher and lifetime scribbler. She has published short stories, essays in anthologies and periodicals. Waggoner is the author of the memoir, "On My Honor, A Navy Wife’s Vietnam War." She is a graduate of Stetson University, the University of Connecticut and Christian College for Women.
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