The Paragon China Company was a British manufacturer of bone china from 1919 to 1960, based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Paragon was noted for producing high quality tea-ware and tableware. It was granted Royal Warrants by several members of the British Royal Family. The company was founded in 1897 (as Star China) as a partnership between Herbert Aynsley (great-grandson of the founder of Aynsley China) and Hugh Irving, trading until 1919, and using Paragon as a trade name from about 1900. In 1919, after Aynsley’s retirement the company name was changed to Paragon China Company Limited. Irving’s two sons subsequently became managing directors of the business.
The decedents of company co-founder Hugh Irving commissioned CACHE to create a retrospective of company, charting it’s history and significant moments through company documents and patents, letters and news clippings, catalogues and Royal Warrants as well as countless photographs from the shop floor to Royal visits.
In addition to the company documents, the commission also included a collection of personal correspondents and family photographs from Hugh Irving, allowing the current generation of the family to gain an insight into the man behind the company.
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The photographs on the right are shown with the kind permission of the Irving family.
Although the above example was a personal commission, CACHE Corporate offers services for companies wishing to document their company history. CACHE recognizes that digitized brand assets are highly valuable for education, customer and staff engagement and enjoyment as well as leveraging the history and heritage of the company and brand.
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