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Strict regulations govern the warrant, which allows the grantee or his company to use the legend 'By Appointment' and display the relevant Royal Coat of Arms on products.

Towards the end of the 20's Paragon had started labelling some of their better quality china 'Royal' Paragon.

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.

In 1926 Paragon introduced the 'Two for Joy' design to commemorate the birth of HRH Princess Elizabeth.

This depicted two magpies which were reputed to have been seen at the christening of the Princess.

HRH The Duchess of York was delighted with the design and purchased some of the china. 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.

During the period 1899-1940, Star, then Paragon, registered only a single trade mark.

Thus, though many different Star and Paragon backstamps can be found, all, bar one, were unregistered and cannot be dated with any great certainty.

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.

Wild & Sons Ltd, manufacturers of Royal Albert bone china, in 1960.

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.

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.

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