Q&A on Collecting
Q: This is a photo of a dinner plate that I have. It is decorated with a border of pink roses and green leaves against a white background. Marked on the back of the plate are the words “W.S. George — 122B — Derwood.” What can you tell me about my plate?
A: William Shaw George founded his semiporcelain factory in 1904 in East Palestine, Ohio. They made semiporcelain dinnerware and hotelware. “Derwood” is the name of the pattern, and they produced a complete line of dinnerware from 1910 to 1940. “122-B” is a design number. The W.S. George China went out of business in 1950.
You didn't mention if you had just one plate or a service for four. A single plate would probably be worth $10 to $15, and a set of a service for four would be in the range of $50 to $125.
Q: I have sent a drawing of the mark that is on the back of a set of dishes that I have. Also included in the mark are the words “Perry Okla. — USA.” The set is a service for 12 and includes all the serving pieces. My mother gave me a four-piece starter set years ago, probably in 1949. I kept adding to the set until I had a service for 12. The dishes are unusual shapes. For example, the plates look like puddles with curled edges. The dishes are lime green in the middle and shades to avocado green. The edges and bottoms are solid avocado. The maker signs all pieces, and they are very attractive, and I would like to know more about them. I know the factory burned down and also heard they had a connection to the starting of Frankoma Pottery. Can you tell what my set is worth and where I might sell it? I am getting along in years and do not have a daughter to pass the set along to. I have been told the set is quite valuable. Thank you so much for any info you can provide on my Tamac Pottery.
A: Tamac Pottery was founded in Perry in 1946. They produced free-form biomorphic style dishes that appealed to mid-20th-century buyers. The biomorphic dishes included dinnerware, vases, wall pockets and other accessories. Their pieces were available in gray, raspberry, frosty, pink, butterscotch and avocado. They are very collectible. After a series of financial and marketing problems and several owners, the pottery closed in 1973. The original factory is still standing and I found no connection to Frankoma Pottery. You might consider selling your set on eBay.
The value of your set would probably be $500 to $1,000.
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