My mom was a huge lover of tea cups and saucers and over the years we (her children) gave her many sets as gifts for special holidays or just "because". Being children we could not always afford anything expensive but she always loved and treasured each one we presented her with. This is one I gave her when I was about 16.
It says on the bottom that it is Paragon Fine Bone China, made in England by appointment to her Majesty The Queen. Well at 16 that was good enough for me! Add to that the fact that it has carnations (one of mom's favorites) and a touch of gold and it was perfect as far as I could see.
Since she left us in 1983 I have been so thankful that I held onto a few of her cups and take them out on occasion for a good polishing and admiring and I was so happy to find "Tea Cup Tuesday" and have the opportunity to share a few of the cups and saucers I have stored for years. *sorry for the "not so great" pictures but a photographer I am not! I am trying to learn but it has been a very slow go...my apologies.