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Pfaltzgraff afficionados grab up legacy pottery pieces, fund archives

Thousands of Pfaltzgraff pieces have gone on sale at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum in York. Droves of shoppers sorted through 13,000 pieces of various Pfaltzgraff collections at the York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum. The sale ends at 4 p.m. today,  Sept. 24. (See additional pottery photo below.) Also of interest: York County, Pa. made big, heavy things – and was immensely proud of it.

Now that the Pfaltzgraff pottery sale is winding down, what will become of the proceeds of this event?

The sale of the collection is a rite of passage on the 200th anniversary of the potterymaker that grew from York County’s soil. Or perhaps it’s one last farewell.

Actually, we’ll see Pfaltzgraff pottery for years and years, as the York County Heritage Trust’s website says in answering the original question.

The proceeds will ensure a visible Pfaltzgraff legacy in York County:

“Over the years, the company saved and gathered a huge collection of products and manuscripts that represented the company’s development.  The permanent archives, both product and manuscript, will come from this Pfaltzgraff collection and will be housed by the York County Heritage Trust.  It will provide a resource for scholars and other interested people to learn the history and importance of Pfaltzgraff.

” In 1989 an exhibit opened at the then Historical Society of York County, accompanied by a book of the same name, “Pfaltzgraff America’s Potter.” A portion of this exhibit is currently on display at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum.  In recent years the York County Heritage Trust was employed to help organize Pfaltzgraff’s huge collection of items.  During the process, a representation of the history of Pfaltzgraff was created, to be known as the Pfaltzgraff Archives.  These archived items will not be sold.”

Also of interest

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See a York Daily Record/Sunday News story with photos on the sale:  Pfaltzgraff shoppers jump for last chance to buy pieces of York County history

Canisters from Pfaltzgraff’s “Capistrano” collection. This is one of 13,000 pieces excluded from the archival collection begun by Pfaltzgraff, which the Heritage Trust will now administer.


*Photos courtesy York Daily Record/Sunday News