Q: I would like to know something about this dinnerware. I have almost a whole set, with glasses and a pitcher. Pieces are marked "Cavitt-Shaw Division, W.S. George."
A: William Shaw George bought the East Palestine Pottery Co. in East Palestine, Ohio, in 1904 and renamed it W.S. George Pottery Co. Cavitt-Shaw was a division of W.S. George. Cavitt and Shaw were family names. George's mother's maiden name was Cavitt. The company went bankrupt in 1955. Your dishes are Shortcake pattern, introduced in the 1930s. It was made in two versions, one with a thin red-band border like yours and one with a border of red and green bands. A 32-piece set originally sold through Sears catalog for $5.69. Today a set of 12 place settings is worth about $100.