Dragon-style pottery pieces, picked up in York County, intrigue reader

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The best place to start in researching York County (Pa.) Pfaltzgraff pottery is “Pfaltzgraff, America’s Potter.” The book tells the story of the former York County pottery makeer from its founding in the early 1800s through 1989, the date the book was published. It’s available via the York County Library System, www.yorklibraries.org. Background posts: Who are York County’s most influential citizens? – Part II and Pottery put the other Foustown – the one in Manchester Township – on the map and Original WSBA station hands mic to demolition team.

The Pfaltzgraff arm of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff made pottery of all shapes and sizes for all kinds of uses for decades and decades.
Page through the book “America’s Potters,” and you’ll see pottery used for Christmas ornaments, cookie jars, ash trays, laundry sprinklers and door stops.
But nothing in there about dragons, a point of query by Julie Patterson… .


She e-mailed with a query about two pale green “Dragon”-style pieces picked up in a pottery shop in York in the 1970s.
Here’s the rest of her query:

“On our many subsequent visits to York we have never seen anything that even slightly resembles these items which took pride of place in my late Mums home. She loved the beautiful expressions on the figures faces.
“One piece is a ‘sculptured’ dragon, circa 1ft. in height & 1ft. in length. The detail is really intricate & the figure is really impressive to look at. The second item is a vase which is in the same style. Similar height, with dragons as handles at the top of the vase.
“I would dearly love to learn more about these pieces. Both items cost circa £150 at purchase.”

If anyone has information on such items, comment below or e-mail Julie at: juliekendrapatterson@hotmail.co.uk.
Just to tie off the story about Pfaltzgraff, Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff sold the Pfaltzgraff brand name, intellectual property and retail stores to Lifetime Brands of New York in 2005. The new owner outsourced its pottery-making, and the Thomasville plant closed as a pottery-making operation.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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