Manufacturer: Wallace China
Pattern: Pioneer Trails
Date of plate: 1956 (7-R)
Date of cup & saucer: circa 1950s
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 (shown here) and a tan body with rust design. Most pieces depict a similar western-themed border and serving pieces offer different western scenes.
White body with a blue transfer border design of a western wagon train. Plate center design of a cowboy kneeling with water pans and a canteen in front of a pack mule, against a mountain backdrop.
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True West vs Wallace China Comparison Guide