It is commonly believed that the Pfaltzgraff company was founded in 1811 in York County, Pennsylvania. It was founded by several members of the Pfaltzgraff family who were potters, the most notable of whom was Johann George Pfaltzgraff. Johann, having come from a family of potters, knew the trade, and passed his skills on to his 7 sons. After Johann died in the late 19th century, 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 and Macy's. 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 nationwide 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 67 stores, mostly 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
- Fischer, John (2005-06-20). "Pfaltzgraff Co. Sold to Lifetime Brands". Multichannel Merchant. Penton Media. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
- Company Website
- The York Daily Record: Never to be forgotten: A year-by-year look at York County's past: 1800-1815: 1811: Conewago Township – Pfaltzgraff pottery starts small by James McClure