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Featured is an interesting Paragon teacup and saucer in a baby blue with floral design on the inside of the cup and center of the saucer. There are no cracks, crazing or repairs on the cup, however the blue coloring has a good deal of paint wear on both pieces due to age.

PARAGON: The Star China company was founded in 1897 as a partnership between Herbert Aynsley (great-grandson of the founder of Aynsley China) and Hugh Irving, trading until 1919, and using Paragon as a trade name from about 1900. In 1919, after Aynsley's retirement the company name was changed to Paragon China Company Limited. Irving's two sons subsequently became managing directors of the business.

In its early history the firm manufactured tea and breakfast wares, exporting to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. However in the 1930s, Paragon expanded both its market, to include the Americas, and its range of products to include dinnerware. Also at this time, Paragon began its move towards creating a smokeless factory, installing electric kilns.

The 1960s saw the company change hands several times, owned for a while by T.C. Wild, then forming part of Allied English Potteries, then becoming part of Royal Doulton.

The Paragon name has been retained, mainly with designs based on traditional floral patterns. Unfortunately the early Paragon pattern books are presumed lost, however the Royal commemorative designs are still sought by collectors.

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Paragon teacup and Saucer Blue with floral pattern within circa 1949-1952

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: bone china, porcelain
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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