Q: Before it goes to the charity shop, can you please tell us what these markings are on the bottom of a small bowl my Mum has?


A: This mark with two crossed hammers, crown, and the word “Czechoslovakia” was used from 1960 to 1990 by Manufaktura Pirkenhammer, a porcelain factory in Brezova, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). The porcelain factory started in Pirkenhammer, Bohemia (now Brezova, Czech Republic), in 1803. The crossed hammers symbolize Pirkenhammer. The factory changed ownership and name several times. Czechoslovakia was formed in 1918, after the end of World War I. It was separated into Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. Manufaktura Pirkenhammer is still in business in Brezova.

2 responses to “Hammer Mark”

  1. kovels.com says:

    Thank you to all our readers for keeping us on our toes. We updated the article. Pirkenhammer was in Bohemia not Bavaria and yes, it was WWI that ended in 1918.

  2. Hookman says:

    I have the utmost respect for the Kovels so I hesitate, yet I cannot resist the temptation to correct an expert.
    WW II ended in 1945.
    It was WW I that ended in 1918.

    I’m sure this is just a typo created by a subordinate, new employee type person.

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