Following the Paragon tradition of outstanding quality and attention to detail, a beautiful bouquet of lifelike pink roses decorates the inside of the subtly ribbed and flared teacup and the center of the saucer. In gradually blended shades, and accented with smaller blue forget-me-nots, the roses are clustered among realistic green leaves. A wide garland of lavishly detailed gold filigree cartouches with scrolls and laurel leaves overlays the pale aqua ground of the ribbed and scalloped rim of the saucer and the outside of the cup. The rims of both pieces, as well as the handle, foot, and center of the saucer, are also trimmed in gold.
The Elizabethan shaped teacup measures just under 3-inches tall and 3-3/8 inches in diameter across the fluted and scalloped rim, with another inch for the handle. It stands on a 1-3/4 inch foot. The matching saucer is 5-3/8 inches in diameter and about an inch deep.
The gold and red Royal Arms backstamp reads: "By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen China Potters Paragon Fine Bone China Made in England Reg'd." This mark was used by Paragon from 1957 to 1963. Letters that appear to be "GB1J" are handpainted in gold on the teacup.
There is a purple stain, the size of a pencil eraser, to the right of the handle and touching the gold medallion. There is another, smaller and much fainter, dark spot directly below it, and a line of the same purple to the left of the handle and right along the gold rim. These seem to be under the glaze and may have occurred in the manufacturing process. There is a glaze pop just beneath the lower curve of the cup, and there is a tiny black dot in the bottom of the cup. There is noticeable wear in the gold of one of the medallions on the saucer, but any other wear to the gold is minimal. There are no other condition issues.
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Paragon Aqua and Gold Ribbed GB1J Bone China Teacup and Saucer