A ceramic plate with gold decoration recovered from the WWI-era armored cruiser USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6).
An officer’s salad plate recovered from USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6). The decoration on it indicates that it would have been used in the wardroom mess. There are two maker’s marks on the reverse side, one in green that reads “MAYER CHINA MADE FOR JAS. M. SHAW & CO N.Y.” and a transparent one, possibly the remains of an ink stamp, that reads “JAMES M. SHAW & CO NEW YORK. 1917 5”. It was produced in 1918 for James M. Shaw & Company, of New York City. Shaw was a wholesale dealer of glassware and pottery in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for supplying hotels, private clubs, and steamships. The actual manufacture of the piece was subcontracted to the Warwick China Company of Wheeling, West Virginia, which operated from 1887 to 1951.