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This beautiful 3 tier cake stand / “mad hatter” cupcake stand would be perfect for a special celebration tea party. The cake stand has been made from rare upcycled Paragon china decorated with peacocks. It can be used with or without the cup or ring the changes with a 2 tier stand made from the 2 lower plates.

Paragon China was introduced by the Star China Co. in 1903. The partners were initially Herbert James Aynsley, John Gerrard Aynsley and William Illingworth. Herbert was the eldest son of John, who founded the well-known firm of John Aynsley & Sons. He had gained much experience in the manufacture of good quality china, having been in business with his father for many years. In 1907 Herbert Aynsley's youngest daughter married Hugh Irving, who worked for the Rubian Art Pottery Ltd in Longton. Irving subsequently joined his father-in-law as a partner in the Star China Company when Illingworth retired in 1910.

Paragon China became so popular that in 1919 the company decided to change its name and in 1920 became The Paragon China Company. Hugh Irving became sole proprietor in September 1927 and then in 1930, the Company became known as Paragon China Limited. The backstamp on these pieces date them from between 1921 and 1933 so they are around 80 – 90 years old

The base plate is 9½ ins square, the middle plate measures 7 ins across and has very fine crazing over much of it, the saucer measures 5¼ ins across. The cup is 2⅜ ins high and 3 ins wide. It has a fine crack ⅜ins long from the rim which is barely discernible and does not detract from the beauty of this unique cake stand (see photo 5).

The cake stand will be delivered flat-packed for safe shipping, wrapped in bubble-wrap inside a postage-style cardboard box. Easy to follow instructions are included to assemble the stand. This means that the stand is very versatile: use it as a three-, two- or one-tier stand to suit your occasion! Sunny days are here with this 3 tier mad hatter cake / cupcake stand: a lovely gift or a great centrepiece for a tea party

Please see my feedback from happy customers. Here are just a couple:

“This was my first Etsy purchase and I couldn't be happier.”

“Safely received today. Very well packed for the long journey to Australia and in top condition on arrival. ”

If you would like to buy more than one item, combined postage might be possible. Please contact me to find out. Alternatively, you can make your purchases and I will issue a refund if shipping is less. For local pick-up arrangements please contact me before purchasing the item.

**Please read my shop policies before purchasing for important information about international shipping http://www.etsy.com/shop/NancysTeaShop/policy

Stunning Paragon 3 tier cake stand / mad hatter cupcake stand: a truly beautiful centrepiece for a memorable occasion


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: English china, bone china, blue, fine china, paragon, cobalt blue, blue peacocks
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 1147 reviews
  • Favorited by: 19 people