Just too pretty to be a souvenir, this gorgeous Paragon Bone China Blue and Gold Filigree Teacup and Saucer Commemorative of the Saint Lawrence Seaway 1959 will earn a cherished spot in your china cabinet! Detailed gold filigree roses alternate with gold filigree maple leaves to form a wide ring of gold overlay on a 1-1/2 inch pastel blue ground encircling the inside of the teacup and the rim of the saucer. The center bottom of the cup depicts the Royal Arms in raised multicolor enamel with the lion and unicorn flanking the E&P monogram topped by a red and gold crown. A single pink rose with a blue ribbon ”Canada” banner is at their feet. “1959” is stamped below the emblem. The cup well of the saucer is also decorated in raised enamel with an open wreath of maple leaves and a pair of pink roses encircling the red and gold crown. “The opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, 1959” frames the central design. The scalloped rims of both pieces, as well as the foot and handle of the cup, are trimmed in gold. A narrow gold band rings the center of the saucer, and another circles the outside of the teacup.
This fine quality teacup is 3-7/8 inches in diameter and just over 2-inches tall. The foot of the cup is 1-7/8 inches in diameter. The matching saucer is 5-3/8 inches in diameter.
Issued by Paragon between 1957 and 1959, both pieces are stamped in black with the lion and unicorn Royal Arms and read: "By Appointment To Her Majesty The Queen, China Potters, Paragon, Fine Bone China, England Regd." (A Royal Warrant was issued by the Queen in the 1930's.) The back stamp on the saucer continues with “To Commemorate the visit to Canada of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II & H.R.H. Prince Phillip for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway 1959.”
Any wear on the gold is truly minimal, with a couple of tiny utensil marks in the gold ring around the cup well of the saucer. There are no other condition issues.
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