The Paragon was introduced in Jun/Jul 1924. - This has been a point of debate, however since geared tuners appeared in 1923 it is impossible that the old-tag dating system can work (i.e. 1919 references).
Jun/Jul 1924: Introduced w/ friction tuners, soon thereafter they appear in BMG w/ geared tuners (early 1925).
Aug 1927: First Plectrum appears
Oct 1927: First "The Paragon" tags on the perch pole appear
Oct 1932: the "New Paragon" is introduced
Feb 1936: Co & Son LTD Launched
Sep 1937: Now at 90 Shaftesbury St
Dec 1939: Paravox introduced
This should provide a more educated guess at dating your Paragons.
Paragon specific Serialization:
Jun/Jul 1924 -> Early 1927: 1-300 (This applies to all Tenor, 5-String & Plectrum banjos).
These are sequential, All stamped "PARAGON" on the perch pole.
(5-String & Plectrums):
Early 1927 -> Late 1927: 1300-1499
late1927 - late1932: 1500-1599
Early 1927 -> Late 1927: 1100-1210
late1927 - late1932: 1211-1299
late1932-1936: 1600-1660 (New Paragon is introduced here)
1937+: 1661+ (Moves to 90 Shaftesbury St)
Many aspects of research were considered here:
- Tuners, Tag, Stamps, Rim Capping, Perch Pole hardware, BMG, British Federation of BMG Literature, etc..
Hi Charlie, Simple answer is, there aren’t any. I collaborated with Peter to create a data base of Clifford Essex Serial numbers, On Paragon Banjos. It had never been clear before how their numbering system Worked. But as Peter has shown, it is now much clearer, with his analysis. Keith