Manufacturer: Wallace China
Pattern: Pioneer Trails
Date of plate: 1947 (9-Y)
Notes: This pattern is part of Wallace's Westward Ho series, designed by Till Goodan and originally produced for the Wentz Company between 1943 and 1964. Till Goodan began receiving recognition for his Western art in the 1930s after he spent his early years riding, roping and drawing on his family farm in California.
A wholesale company purchased two of Goodan's paintings to put on display at a trade show. The paintings caused so much interest that plans were made to meet with Goodan. The Westward Ho dinnerware featuring his designs was the outcome of that meeting.
Wallace made this Pioneer Trails pattern in two color combinations: a white body with blue design and a tan body with rust design (shown here). Most pieces depict a similar western-themed border and serving pieces offer different western scenes.
Tan body with rust transfer border design, featuring a western wagon train. Center rust design of three native-americans riding horseback wearing traditional native-american clothing and headdresses.
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