Pattern names and pattern numbers used here come from advertisements in pottery industry trade magazines published during the time the W. S. George Pottery Company was in business, and from backstamps of actual pieces. Some more recently published antique price guides and collector books give names to patterns that have become common usage. These are indicated when known.
The names of shapes were almost always on the bottoms of pieces, and are often mistaken for the pattern name. A shape name refers to the shape of the clay mold. The same pattern often had a different name when used on a different shape. Shape names include Lido, Bolero, Radisson, Elmhurst, Fluerette, etc. See the Shapes page of this site.
Pattern numbers, if present, are most often seen on the bottoms of platters and creamers. They were usually 4-8 digits in length, with mixed numbers and letters. Example 1 to the right is a pattern number (#38495) on the bottom of a Radisson shape creamer. Example 2 is a pattern name (Country Gentleman) on the bottom of a Ranchero shape platter. Most WSG pieces have a 4 digit (3 numbers and a letter) code on the bottom which is often mistaken for the pattern number.
In the charts, a year in parentheses indicates the pattern was advertised in a trade magazine that year, not the complete date range for the pattern's manufacture.
W. S. George occasionally produced a series of patterns similar to each other.
American Indian style patterns
Late 1940's. Iroquois Red, Cherokee Blue, and what I believe was called Navajo Brown. Iroquois Red is to the right.
Six of these were designed and advertised as new in 1951. I only know the names of 5 of them. Plates were striped and holloware was solid colored with striped lids. Trade magazine ads are in black and white, and colors in pictures posted on the internet are not always clear, so identifying these has been difficult. The colors listed below are from the advertisements.
Caravan: Green and Chartruse
Holiday: Turquoise and Dove Gray (pictured right)
Tango: Green and Gray stripes with green holloware.
Carnival: Brown, possibly brown holloware
Tahiti: Color combo unknown.