Dating paragon transits
Current evidence suggests that 'Royal' Paragon was no longer produced after the end of 1934.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.Interestingly, Royal Warrants of Appointment granted by both HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother to Royal Albert Limited for the manufacture of Paragon Fine Bone China are still in existence.Backstamps are essentially trade marks, the main purpose of which is to indicate the manufacturer of a piece of china.Changes in these trade marks recorded from time to time enable collectors to estimate the approximate date of manufacture of an item.In the UK, a trade mark can be registered with the Patent Office to ensure that the manufacturer has sole right to its use. The partners were initially Herbert James Aynsley, John Gerrard Aynsley and William Illingworth. This company began production at the St Gregory's Works, Gregory Street in Longton in the last few years of the 19th century and moved to the Atlas Works, Sutherland Road, Longton in March 1903.
Thus, though many different Star and Paragon backstamps can be found, all, bar one, were unregistered and cannot be dated with any great certainty.
This depicted two magpies which were reputed to have been seen at the christening of the Princess.