Paragon China was a very well established British pottery company having first been formed in 1899 as The Star Company. They changed their name to Paragon in 1903 to reflect the high standard of their wares, and were granted a Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Mary in 1933. Yet when I went online to research this beautiful white and gold tea service I really couldn’t find much information – that was until I re-entered my search under the name Royal Albert, and quickly found the pattern Val D’or, which is almost identical to this tea service, save the handle on the teapot. Royal Albert bought Paragon in 1960, who then later merged with Royal Doulton in 1972. The pattern Val D’or was first introduced in 1962 (the shape name is Montrose), but continued to be produced until 2010, so it’s difficult to precisely date this particular set. I know that it pre-dates 1983 though, as that’s when it was given as a wedding set, although it may well have been bought at an antique store so may not have been new. Sadly the sugar bowl is missing, and only four of the cups and saucers remain, but the pieces that have survived are in immaculate condition and give a clear indication of the quality of the Paragon/Royal Albert name.
A beautifully maintained tea service, that really would make a wonderful wedding gift – it just has that sort of feel to it.
Note: This exact tea service (minus the cake plate, but with the sugar bowl) is selling for $150 on ebay – and this seems to be the average price for these sets.
Dimensions: Teapot – 19cm tall x 15cm in diameter; Tea cups – 8cm tall x 8.5cm in diameter; Saucers – 14cm in diameter; Side plates – 16cm in diameter; Milk jug – 10cm tall x 9.5cm in diameter; Cake plate – 24cm in diameter
Price: R490 for the set
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