Here's my recently acquired green set, the only set I've even heard of other than the Pontefract Museum blue set from the Parsons collection here
. Both sets are incomplete. Pontefract's is the Scottish variant with just one "I", mine's the universal variant missing both "I"s.
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It dates from between the Accession on 6 February 1952 and the Coronation on 2 June 1953, but we can refine that date to a certain extent. It must have taken H.M. Government some time to produce and publish manufacturer guidelines. Also we know that manufacturing was in full swing by the abdication in 1936, about 10Â½ months after accession, so it is reasonable to suppose that in this case manufacturing was under way by December 1952.
Mine is in non-uranium green (not a guess â€” I always test). This is interesting as Bagley's Carnival
range, registered November 1946, is, in my experience, always in uranium green. This could be evidence that Bagley ran out of stock of uranium in between.
Now the mystery. Why the rarity?
Priced in pennies or, perhaps, a shilling or two, it should have sold in huge numbers. So I submit that it can't have been sold to the public. I think it was most likely a giveaway to retailers, possibly to indicate Bagley's grateful thanks for their loyalty in stocking Bagley products and helping Bagley switch back from war to commercial production. The set would have been an ideal component for shop window displays celebrating the Coronation.
Also it is interesting to note Bagley's coloured advertisement for posy troughs on the front cover of PG of 1 October 1952. I don't think the coincidence of dates was any accident. "Free and very useful gift with every trade order", perhaps?
What do you think? Does anyone know of any other evidence?