Distinctive Welsh Dragon Paperweight is a Royal Wedding Stand Out, Says Collectibles Expert

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Church’s China managing director Stephen Church, an authority on Royal Wedding memorabilia, says the Royal Welsh Dragon paperweight created by Royal Crown Derby for the upcoming Royal wedding is highly collectible because paperweights by this particular maker are considered to be one of the most important china figure ranges in the world of collecting. The red dragon has long been the icon of Wales, where William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine Middleton will call home after their April 29 nuptials.

Collectibles expert Stephen Church holds the Royal Welsh Dragon paperweight created by venerable china maker Royal Crown Derby to celebrate the wedding of Will and Kate.

Collectibles expert Stephen Church holds the Royal Welsh Dragon paperweight created by venerable china maker Royal Crown Derby to celebrate the wedding of Will and Kate.

Royal Crown Derby paperweights are considered to be one of the most important china figure ranges in the world of collecting, so this is an excellent choice for the serious collector.

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Stephen Church carries nearly 100 pieces of Will and Kate Royal Wedding memorabilia at Church’s China, the longest operating retailer of Royal commemoratives in the U.K. Among the most distinctive items, according to Church, is a hand-painted Royal Crown Derby dragon paperweight that stands nearly six inches tall.

Church says, “Royal Crown Derby paperweights are considered to be one of the most important china figure ranges in the world of collecting, so this is an excellent choice for the serious collector.”

The red and gold Royal Welsh Dragon paperweight, which retails for $523.38 on Church’s China Internet sales division http://www.theukgiftcompany.com, is a limited edition of 950 pieces. The dragon’s neck and chest bear a Celtic pattern entwined with love hearts. The base is adorned with the iconic Welsh daffodils and English roses. It was created by designer Sally Mancell.

Church adds, “I also like this piece because it memorializes the wedding symbolically, making it a timeless treasure.”

The red dragon has long been the icon of Wales, where William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine Middleton will call home after their April 29 nuptials. It can be seen flying proudly on the Welsh national flag.

Church says, “The dragon symbol is both mystical and historical. It is believed that the Welsh kings adopted it in the early fifth century to represent their power after successfully driving the Romans from Britain.”

Church notes that he also carries eight additional pieces in the Royal Crown Derby Royal Wedding collection. They include:

  •     The Melbourne Tray, $364.38, is a limited edition of 500. The piece, with gilded handles, bears the Royal Crown Derby signature Solid Gold Band, designed to incorporate the intertwined initials of Catherine Middleton and William of Wales.
  •     The Royal Wedding Bell, $258.38, is also a limited edition of 500. Just over five inches tall, it was designed by June Branscombe and bears the Solid Gold Band design incorporating the intertwined initials of Catherine and William.
  •     The Royal Wedding Plate, $192.12, is a limited edition of 1,500. Designed by June Branscombe, the octagonal plate features the Solid Gold Band design. Adorned at the edges in cobalt blue and overlaid in gold are acorns from the Great Oak Tree, representing longevity, flanked by Prince of Wales plumes. At the center are the intertwined initials of Catherine and William.
  •     The Royal Wedding Heart Tray, $79.50, was designed by June Branscombe. The heart-shaped piece is trimmed in gold with an intertwined “W” and “C” at its center topped by a gold crown. A pale blue ribbon design borders the gold trim.
  •     The two-handled Royal Wedding “Posey” Loving Cup, $99.31, bears the traditional Royal Crown Derby china pattern of English Posey sprays along with a custom Royal Wedding inscription bearing the Royal Wedding date and venue.
  •     The scalloped Royal Wedding “Posey” Five-Petal Tray, $66.18, features English Posey sprays and a custom inscription bearing the Royal Wedding date and venue.
  •     The Royal Antoinette Tray, $79.50, is a limited edition of 1,000. It is decorated in Royal Crown Derby’s Royal Antoinette china pattern and is embellished with 22-carat gold. This custom design also features the entwined initials of Catherine and William.
  •     The two-handled Royal Antoinette Loving Cup, $132.49, is a limited edition of 1,000. It is decorated in Royal Crown Derby’s Royal Antoinette china pattern and is embellished with 22-carat gold. This custom design also features the entwined initials of Catherine and William as well as the wedding date and venue.

The privately-owned Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company manufactures high quality fine bone china at its location in Derby, England. It was established in the 1750s by the Huguenot Andrew Planche and William Duesbury. King George III recognized Derby porcelain in 1775 when he granted the factory the rare permission to incorporate a crown into its backstamp. Queen Victoria then granted the company permission to include the title "Royal" in its name in 1890.

Established in 1858, Church’s China sells a wide range of china and other collectibles. Specializing in royal commemorative memorabilia, the company has locations in Northampton and Market Harborough, England as well as an online division, The U.K. Gift Company. The UK Gift Company was recently nominated as one of five finalists in the “Best Online Retailer” category of the 2011 Great Awards, which celebrate the best in gift retailing in the U.K.

For more information, visit http://www.theukgiftcompany.com.

Media Note: If you would like to arrange for a telephone interview with Stephen Church, please contact Nancy Marshall at nmarshall(at)marshallpr(dot)com or Jennifer Boes at jboes(at)marshallpr(dot)com. If you are interested, please follow up with Nancy or Jennifer at the emails above.

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