Manufacturer: Wallace China
Pattern: Pioneer Trails
Date of Creamer: 1949
Date of Salt & Pepper Shakers: 1940s – 1960s
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.
However, for the pioneer woman's image found on the creamer and on the shaker, Till Goodan turned to his multi-talented daughter, Betty, for artwork assistance. Betty Goodan, a National Cutting Horse Champion, performed with Gene Autry in Madison Square Garden in the 1940s. She has been nominated for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.
Besides her contribution to the Pioneer Trails pattern, her artwork can be found in Gene Autry comic books and Roy Rogers paint books (1944 & 1946). She also collaborated with her father to create the cowgirl trick ropers for the wrapping paper design shown below; her images are signed "BG."
Wallace made this Pioneer Trails pattern in two color combinations: a tan body with rust design and a white body with blue design (the harder-to-find of the two color combinations). Most pieces depict a similar western-themed border and serving pieces offer different western scenes.
For related Westward Ho patterns by Wallace:
Pioneer Trails 2
Pioneer Trails 3
Boots & Saddle
For additional information:
True West vs Wallace China Comparison Guide