Irving was a very astute businessman making the best of every opportunity afforded him. The partners were initially Herbert James Aynsley, John Gerrard Aynsley and William Illingworth. The partners were initially Herbert James Aynsley, John Gerrard Aynsley and William Illingworth. Many ot the backstamps listed here are detailed in Geoffrey 'A Goddens Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks' and 'Encyclopaedia of British Porcelain Manufacturers' where that author gives an indication of when new styles were introduced. Paragon became part of Royal Doulton in 1972 and continued to produce china under that name until 1991. For each of the backstamps shown, the date it was introduced has been estimated, the mark being used from then on.
He had gained much experience in the manufacture of good quality china, having been in business with his father for many years. In July 1964, Wild and its subsidiary companies, including Paragon, merged with the Lawley Group Ltd which later that year changed its name to Allied English Potteries Ltd. By 1989 the name and patterns had been absorbed into Royal Albert and by 1992 the Paragon name was discontinued. The fine quality of its china brought it several royal warrants of appointments from Queen Mary, the Queen Mohter and Queen Elizabeth. Pre-1933 Backstamps Prior to April 1933, the Company's backstamp was generally based on the star motif which was derived from the original name of the Company - The Star China Company.
John Aynsley retired in July 1900. By 1989 the name and patterns had been absorbed into Royal Albert and by 1992 the Paragon name was discontinued. In 1938 the company was similarly honoured by the new Queen, now Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and in turn, her daughter, Her Majesty The Queen granted a Warrant of Appointment in 1955. Cups on the lower end of the price scale are often the ones that, despite their age, were mass-produced by a well-known manufacturer, were produced by a less well-known manufacturer or were plain. During the period 1899-1940, Star, then Paragon, registered only a single trade mark.
Paragon History of Paragon Paragon China was introduced by the Star China Co. These estimates are thought to have been based on information gathered from the Pottery Gazette Diary. John Aynsley retired in July 1900. The name was changed towards the end of 1919. In 1907 Herbert Aynsley's youngest daughter married Hugh Irving, who was a sales representative for the Rubian Art Pottery Ltd in Longton.
Decorated with a tapestry effect pattern of roses. Thus, began a long history of royal patronage. Owners should check for identifying marks, usually found on the underside of the cup or saucer, and utilize websites such as Antique Marks for reference. Unfortunately, in so doing, Paragon fell foul of the authorities as Warrants of Appointment do not carry the right to use the word 'Royal' and the prefix was withdrawn. During this period dating can be estimated from the Royal Warrant information as above. In 1907 Herbert Aynsley's youngest daughter married Hugh Irving, who was a sales representative for the Rubian Art Pottery Ltd in Longton. For more information visit their website:.
He had gained much experience in the manufacture of good quality china, having been in business with his father for many years. Thus, though many different Star and Paragon backstamps can be found, all, bar one, were unregistered and cannot be dated with any great certainty. Hugh Irving, who had been in active control of the business for many years, became sole proprietor in September 1927, when the partnership was dissolved and Herbert Aynsley retired. Special backstamps, such as those found on the various nursery ware series, commemorative issues and china produced for specific retail outlets, have not been included but these items can readily be dated from the pattern number or from the historic event commemorated. The Queen Mary and other members of the Royal Family were attracted by the Paragon designs and regularly ordered it for use in their own households or as gifts for others. In 1930, the Company became known as Paragon China Limited. For some of them, it has also been possible to deduce a date after which the mark was no longer used, for some reason, though, generally, backstamps of any particular type were used until the supply of transfers used to produce them became depleted.
A list of the Royal Warrants of Appointment granted is shown below. Each mark has been coded to aid identification. Hugh Irving, who had been in active control of the business for many years, became sole proprietor in September 1927, when the partnership was dissolved and Herbert Aynsley retired. Decorated with a pattern of birds, flowers and boughs of blossom with a fleurs-de-lys pattern on the border. These attracted much publicity in the national press, further encouraging shops to stock Paragon products. Some of the earliest tea cups date to the 1800s.
Further, the evidence suggests that Paragon were not too strict in their use of backstamps and some were used long after they had been superseded. . These may be followed in the Paragon backstamps from 1933 onwards. Collectors of Paragon will soon come across marks not included in previously published lists and many mistakes arise because of unrecorded subtle changes in the star mark between c1915 and c1933. Irving was a very astute businessman making the best of every opportunity afforded him.
This can give rise to each piece in a trio having a different backstamp, though, presumably, breakage replacement apart, they were all produced at the same time. He introduced modern methods of publicity such as window display competitions for retailers and he organised events attended by celebrities of the day. The above information was kindly provided by Brian Denton, Secretary, Paragon International Collectors Club. Such was the popularity of Paragon China that in 1919 the company decided to change its name and in 1920 became The Paragon China Company. Some later Paragon patterns from this period continued in production under Royal Albert and were still available until the Royal Albert name was discontinued by Doulton.