This is the last of the Paragon bone china tea set that I bought a few weeks ago. It’s a bit of a mishmash of mismatched cups, saucers & side plates, but I couldn’t bare to throw any of it away (it’s just so pretty!) so I’ve tried to make a set of sorts out of the remnants, and I don’t think it looks too bad at all! There are two main issues: the first major one is that the base of one of the teacups has been glued. Luckily it’s the foot of the cup, not the actual body, so is still fine to use, but I’m sure that some people might think that it’s time for it to meet its end (and that’s fair enough I suppose). The other issue is that there are only 3 small cake plates – the fourth plate that I’ve shown is actually a saucer. You can see when all the plates are stacked on top of each other that the saucer sits at a different angle – the cake plates are nearly completely flat (which is super special!), but the saucer lifts around the rim, as a saucer would do. Personally I think you can get away with it, but if you’re a purist I’m sure that it won’t do at all! Worst come to the worst though, you can always turn it into three beautiful trios and a serving plate – for the money I still think it’s well worth it!
P.S. Interestingly Paragon were taken over by Royal Albert (the maker’s of that fine pink set from earlier today ) in 1960.
Dimensions: Teacups – 7cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter; Saucers – 15.5cm long x 13cm wide; Cake plates – 17cm long x 14.5cm wide; Serving plate – 26.5cm long x 21.5cm wide
Price: R160 for the set (13 pieces in total)
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