Updated October 14, 2006
Buying, selling, replacing
pieces, or adding to a set: Anyone who has WSG items to
sell or are looking for specific items to buy, I recommend they either
1) contact a dinnerware replacements company and ask for a catalog, or
2) try the W.
S. George category on Ebay. There are usually about 200 - 300
items for sale in this category at any given point in time. You can
also get a good idea from watching the auctions how much something
might be worth.
Prices & Values:
I'm not a collector or dealer, and I'm not really qualiifed to quote
values. There are published values for W. S. George/East
Palestine Pottery Company in the following books, which can be obtained
via Interlibrary Loan at your local library, or they can be purchased
from Amazon.com on the Books page
of this site.
Duke, Harvey. The Official Price Guide to Pottery and
Porcelain, 8th ed. New York: House of Collectibles, 1995. ISBN:
0876378939. Quotes values for the following shapes: Argosy,
Astor, Basketweave, Bolero, Cape Cod, Del Rio, Elmhurst, Fleurette,
Geometric, Georgette, Lido, Radisson, Rainbow, Petitpoint Rainbow,
& Ranchero. Also includes Kitchenware bowls and Georgex
Jasper, Joanne. Turn of the Century American Dinnerware
Paducah, KY. : Collector Books, 1996.
ISBN: 0891456848. Contains price lists for the following shapes:
Iris, Desoto, Radisson, Argosy, and Derwood.
Numbers on the bottoms of pieces: I believe they are
date stamps of some kind, but I am not certain what they mean.
Most stamps have three numbers and a letter (174 A). The last digit is
always either an A, B, C, D and there were four factories.
The Colonial Couple Decal
I get quite a few questions from people who have this decal with W. S. George on the back. I do not know the whole history of this picture. It has also been observed on wares with many different borders from Canonsburg, Crooksville, Sebring, Pope Gosser, and many others. In addition to the ware manufacturer's stamp, stamps reading "H. K. China" and "Sabin Crest O' Gold" are also present.
I was reading a 1951 issue of The Crockery and Glass Journal, and came across an ad for Sabin's Manufacturing Company, in McKeesport, PA. The ad showed a picture of this decal, and refered to "Crest O' Gold" as a trade name for the Sabin's MFG company. I would guess this company applied the decal to wares purchased wholesale from various pottery companies, just whoever was able to give them the best price at the time.
The Apple/Cherry/Peach Blossom Pattern
This is one of W. S. George's most widely collected patterns. Collectors call it several different names: Apple Blossom, Peach Blossom & Cherry Blossom are the ones most commonly used for this decal on the Bolero shape. An August 1947 ad in China, Glass and Decorative Accessories calls this decal on the Lido shape "Cynthia".
Since I verify all pattern names with trade magazine ads contemporary to the time the pattern was produced (in very rare cases I will list the name used in a modern secondary source), I'm waiting until I run across a definite name in print for this before putting it into the pattern chart. If you use any of the three Blossom names, most people will know what you are talking about.
When replacing pieces of a set of this pattern, be careful. The decal on the Bolero shape came several different ways: (1) two branches, (2) two branches one reversed, (3) one branch.