It is estimated that Gray’s Pottery produced around 19,000 identifiable patterns during the course of the company’s existence from 1907 until 1961 inclusive. Unlike the practice of many of its contemporaries, Gray’s rarely gave names to its patterns. For the few that were named, only about half actually carried the name on the ware: less than 70 have been identified so far and these are listed below, in green.
Names in italics below indicate known pattern names which have not yet been seen printed on a piece of ware. This is not unusual because certain patterns were given names for easy identification in the factory (eg Stella), others were used as a general title for promotional purposes (eg Hunting Scenes).
Sometimes a pattern is a slight derivative of another. For example, 8586 Summertime is similar to pattern 8863: the former with a gold edge-line, the latter, a blue one. However, 8863 has no known name. Some names are generic and cover a range of patterns based on a theme (eg Sèvres Marbling, Vine and Magnolia).
Please note that there are many un-named patterns that comprise a print and/or a verse but which incorporate some text such as a souvenir location, the name of an aircraft, a ship or a motor car. The majority of these products were made in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. Examples of these can be found in alphabetical order in the Prints & Verses section.
It has been found that the majority of names that were used appear to fall into three periods:
– from 1928-1930, when the names in use were almost invariably printed on the ware
– from 1935-1939, when the names in use were usually printed on the ware
– from 1945-1955, when names were given to certain patterns but almost never printed on the ware