Pirkenhammer founded in 1803, a porcelain factory was built in Karlovy Vary (also known as Karlsbad), and the brand Pirkenhammer was originated. The Pirkenhammer factory is located near the center of the city.
Around 1820’s Pirkenhammer was considered the best in Bohemia greatly valued for its superior translucency rivaling the French manufacturers. They were awarded a gold medal at the Vienna World fair in 1839. The awarding committee commented that it demonstrated “a good taste in shape, clear body, smooth glaze, and high quality of printing”. Pirkenhammer is known to have made fine porcelains for royalty throughout Europe as well as the Papacy.