| FOLK ART NEEDS | FACTORY TOUR |
| GERMANY TRIP | GERMANY PICS |
| FOLK ART PRODUCED 1980-1989 |
| FOLK ART PRODUCED 1990-1999 |
| BY REQUEST 2000-CURRENT |
| THE MUGGSY ERA |
Take a look at the CARTOON my hubby made for me.
First I would like to welcome you to this site and hope that you will enjoy the information there in. Tracing Pfaltzgraff has been a past time of mine since 1985. I am not a dealer, nor an appraiser but a collector. For those of you looking to appraise your Pfaltzgraff I suggest you go to an on line auction or contact an antique store in the York, PA area. This will get the most current value of your pieces.
I first got interested in Pfaltzgraff just prior to my wedding. There were a vast variety of patterns to choose from. I chose the Folk Art pattern. It was in production for 17 years before sales, I'm told, declined and the Pfaltzgraff Co. ceased production in 1997. Re-introduced in 2000 through the By Request program folk art continues to be a popular pattern.
Within the last several years my interest has broadened in the Pfaltzgraff Co. Though I am still searching for a few Folk Art pattern pieces, that I wasn't able to get initially. I also collect their art pottery line, early wares such as crocks, jugs and liquor pieces they commissioned for other York area businesses.
There are hundreds of other pieces in the Pfaltzgraff line I seek out, such as cookie jars, muggsy line pieces, FTDA containers, copper and tinware lines they made to match some of their patterns. The list really is endless.
With a history line as long as Pfaltzgraff the hunt can continue for a lifetime. It's roots date back to 1811 in the Schwalm Valley of West Germany. My husband and I visited this area of Europe and found it to be one of the most beautiful areas we've ever seen. It's rolling hills and friendly streets are truely one of a kind. By 1833 Pfaltzgraff was making his way across the Atlantic Ocean and to Maryland.
By 1835 he and the beginning of his family had settled in Pennsylvania.
Pfaltzgraff has been known for being the oldest continually family owned pottery in the United States. However that legacy has ended with the sell of the company to Lifetime Brand in 2005. The new owners are continuing with the Pfaltzgraff line but producing its dinnerware outside the U.S.
If you are looking for discontinued patterns your best resource is flea markets, garage sales, and even antique shops. I have found alot of great stuff at bargain prices. There are replacement companies out there that deal with discontinued dinnerware.
If you are curious about dating your Pfaltzgraff pieces, there is a book called "Pfaltzgraff America's Potter". This book is a wealth of information!
Pfaltzgraff Sites Worth Viewing
My Favorite Links
Hubby's business site
Angelfire - Easiest Free Home Pages
The Pfaltzgraff Stoneware site
York, Pa - Historic Town