What Is Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne?

Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne refers to a collection of crocks and jugs that was introduced by The Pfaltzgraff Company in 1967. These ceramic pieces feature a floral design that is hand-painted in a deep blue color with a smooth glaze.

The current Yorktowne design was borrowed from a stoneware pattern produced by the Pfaltzgraffs during the 1800s. The contemporary collection includes square and round plates for lunch and dinner, dessert plates and bowls, tapas plates, dinner bowls, cereal bowls, soup bowls, soup crocks, serving bowls and platters, coffee mugs, stemless wine glasses, cooler glasses, coasters, trivets, placemats and home decorations.

The Pfaltzgraff family began selling stoneware commercially around 1811 and opened their first factory in York County, Pa., in 1895. The original factory burned down in 1906, causing a new factory to be built. The first Pfaltzgraff retail store opened in 1960, and by the early 2000s, the company operated more than 70 outlets. In 2005, Lifetime Brands, Inc. purchased The Pfaltzgraff Company and moved sales to the Internet only.

Older pieces of Yorktowne pottery are some of the most sought after collector's items. Pfaltzgraff collectors appreciate the items for their durability, functionality, beauty and nostalgic attachment. Rare pieces and sets can occasionally sell for hundreds of dollars.