Enchantment

teapot cup creamer

Although the cup and creamer are not a matched set, I bought them both at the same time in the tiny Elbert store when we visited Papa’s farm back during the birthday celebration for mother when my cousins came to visit.  They seemed coordinated to me, with one having multicolored gray, pink and yellow leaves with blue flowers, and the other having gray leaves with blue berries.  Both are trimmed in gold and have a similarly shaped handle with variations of broken loop and French broken loop designs.  I liked that both cup and creamer were footed and bone china.  As previously identified, the cup is Harmony House’s Vintage pattern.  The creamer is Paragon fine bone china from England, and is the Enchantment pattern.

Paragon started as the Star China Company in 1897 in Stoke-on-Trent, and in 1919, the name changed to Paragon China Company.  In 1960, it became part of the Royal Doulton Group.

Paragon was noted for producing high quality teaware and tableware and was granted royal warrants of appointment by several members of the British Royal Family. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paragon_China)

In the 1930s, Paragon expanded its tea/breakfast services to the Americas and began making full dinnerware.  Two Canadian newspapers advertised exhibitions of Royal Paragon China–Made in the British Empire.

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The Gazette, Jan 24, 1934

The display of Paragon china now on view at the Hudson’s Bay Co’s store, is more than a setting of lovely tables: it is a visit to London and to the intimate rooms of the royal family.  Here are tea-sets chosen by the Queen, the Duchess of York, Prince George, and other members of the royal family, for their own use.  One cup and saucer, bearing the crown and monogram of the Princess Royal has been brought all the way from London for exhibition.  Winnipeggers may purchase this same white and gold set, without the monogram inscription. (The Winnipeg Tribune, Sep 26, 1933.)

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4 Responses to Enchantment

  1. Beth says:

    Both pieces are lovely and coordinate very well. I’m intrigued by the exhibition; if I had lived in that area it would have been on my must see list. I would love to have seen what Queen Mary chose for her tea set. Sadly, today I wonder how many people (other than people like us) would attend something similar.

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