Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paragon RAF WW II cup & saucer

Many of you may be saying, “Now that’s an odd title for a JinC post.”

Yes, it is. Here’s the explanation:

A JinC Regular sent the following email(excerpted)- - -

I have acquired a collectible teacup and saucer that is part of the "Patriotic Series produced during the War of Britain" by Paragon in London. It is in mint condition with no chips, scratches, or other damage.

The full series honors every one of the British Commonwealth nations who sent pilots and aircraft to defend England from the Luftwaffe. My set honors the Royal Canadian Air Force and has the old Canadian blue flag with the Union Jack in the corner.

Since the inscription uses the term "War of Britain" rather than "Battle of Britain" I believe this series was produced very early in the war.

I've tried to find an appraiser, but so far have been unsuccessful. I thought perhaps you might have a suggestion. ...


Folks, the post title is meant to draw comments and help from those who know about Paragon items.

It’s a use of open sourcing on the Net. Let’s see what happens.

In the meantime - - -

There is The Paragon International Collectors’ Club which says: “ Members of the Club will try and help but please remember that the worth is in the eye and pocket of the collector, so valuations are not usually given!”

RAF Museums in London (on its outskirt & quite a journey from Central London) and Cosford offer research help from their own archives or by referring a questioner on to others.

Finally at 11 AM ET today at e-Bay I found for sale (photos accompany) - - -

A very interesting Cup & Saucer Set from World War II. Made in England by "Paragon by Appointment to H.M.The Queen & H.M. Queen Mary. Produced during the War of Britain". The inscription on the Saucer says "Never Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few".

The clear picture inside the Cup shows a Spitfire Airplane of the R.A.F. The condition of both pieces is excellent with no chips, cracks, crazing scratches, stains, or loss of gold rim trim. A truly beautiful and rare collectible. Free shipping in the U.S.


Anonymous said...

John: That Ebay item is marked exactly as mine and is clearly from the same commemorative series. I am going to contact the seller to see if he/she can shed some light on the "Patriotic Series." I can't thank you enough for this lead.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

The seller told me he knows nothing about the item; he just acquired it. On to the RAF museum...
Tarheel Hawkeye