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Saucer, USS San Diego, #2017-008-023

A small white ceramic saucer with a gold and blue ring around the rim. A gold anchor with a chain wrapped around it is located on the lip. Near the anchor is a crack that goes to the middle of the saucer.
Title: Saucer Plate, USS San Diego, #2017-008-023
Caption: A ceramic saucer with gold and blue decoration recovered from the WWI-era armored cruiser USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6).
Description: A saucer for a demitasse style coffee cup 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 is a maker’s mark in green on the base of the saucer that reads “MAYER CHINA MADE FOR JAS. M. SHAW & CO. N.Y.” The piece was produced 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 was subcontracted to Mayer Pottery Company of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, which produced ceramic wares from 1881 until 1964.
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  • Boats-Ships--Cruisers
  • Underwater Archaeology
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  • Artifact
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  • World War I 1917-1918
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