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From the establishment of the Beswick factory in Longton, Stoke on Trent in 1894, animal figures of a very high quality and at an affordable price to the collector with a modest budget. have been represented in Beswick sales catalogues and advertising material. The production of Beswick figures can be divided into two periods.

From the 1890's to the mid 1930's the Beswick factory produced, in the Staffordshire traditional form, a combination of table ware, decorative porcelain, majolica and a range of figures and animals such as generals, milkmaids, mantle dogs, cattle and horses. Critics of the time described their models to be of a higher quality than those of their precursors. Unfortunately for collectors, Beswick followed the early Staffordshire tradition of not marking their figures and as a consequence, it is very difficult to identify the names of the modellers, designers and artists from that period until the 1930's.

In 1934 after the death of his father, John (Ewart) took over as managing director and moved the company away from the production of tableware to placing a greater emphasis on figurines. more...

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A group of four Beswick Hereford Cow figures. Second half 20th century, including 'Champion of Champions' bull, 'Champion of Champions' cow, a calf, and a Connoisseur model in bisque of a Hereford cow and her calf upon a timber display stan

A Beswick jug, green and cream glaze

A Beswick wall mask, young woman with curly blonde hair and a beret, 19 cm x 24 cm

A Beswick wall mask, young lady with blonde pigtails, 21 cm x 20 cm

A Beswick 'Tony Weller' sugar bowl and a Royal Doulton 'The Gleaners' Old English scenes earthenware vase, circa 1950s and after (sugar bowl); 1940 (Royal Doulton vase), the character Beswick sugar bowl, design 673, with impressed marks and black circular

Beswick 'Sairey Gamp' teapot model 691, 13.5 cm high approx

A Beswick porcelain plaque in the form of a dog in high relief, English, early 20th century, 19 cm high

Twin handled ribbed tapering Beswick vase, approx 28 cm high

Two Beswick character jugs, one with original sticker, approx 18 cm high each (2)

A Beswick 'Dolly Varden' teapot, first issued 1950 and continued until 1973, the moulded character teapot with a straw hat serving as the removable teapot lid, a vegetal handle and polka dot bow tie and spout; with impressed marks Beswick England, title an

A Beswick character jug, 1936-1973, a scowling 'Scrooge', his green cap serving as a handle, model number 372 and maker's mark underside. Height 17.5 cm

A Beswick Palm jug, circa 1936-1954, the ovoid jug with pinched spout and with bamboo styled handle displays a central relief palm motif on a deep cobalt ground. Stamped to base. Height 27 cm.

A Beswick pottery yellow Lustreware bowl, circa 1930. Length 15 cm

A Beswick pottery Desert Island jug, with relief palm tree and pastel blue glaze. Marked on base, circa 1930. Height 18.5 cm

A Beswick rare Norwegian Fjord 1970-1975 only, model 2282 (Albert Hallam)

Beswick serving dish with two handles and central medallion of circular lines, incised 427. Depth 32 cm

An Art Deco period Beswick woman's head hanging wall plaque of shaped oval form, her head moulded to a side view, and decorated with blue flowers in relief. Marked 'Beswick' to the rear. Height 31 cm. Width 22.6 cm

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