Collectible Beswick Figurines: Alice in Wonderland Series

Updated on October 17, 2019
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I love collecting things, especially figurines, which makes my home look interesting or somewhat cluttered, depending on your viewpoint.

 Beswick Alice in Wonderland, Royal Doulton under license from Beswick
Beswick Alice in Wonderland, Royal Doulton under license from Beswick | Source

Collectable Alice in Wonderland Figurines

These five ceramic figurines are all pictured below with full details:

  1. Alice in her very realistic blue dress and white apron bound in red braid
  2. The Mock Turtle with his mauve shell and yellow front
  3. A very business-like White Rabbit checking his watch and
  4. A hunched-up Gryphon, knees bent and enfolding wings
  5. Alice backstamps with an explanation of their significance

In 1969, Ewart Beswick, wishing to retire, sold the family business to Royal Doulton, with many of the staff including designers and modellers staying on, hence both names are shown on the backstamps for the "Alice" series.

How I Began Collecting These Figurines

How did it all start? Why collect, and why Beswick?

It was simple, really, I started my Beswick figurine collection with a present given to me when I was about 10, and I have had a love affair with Beswick ever since. The present was the ceramic frog, Mr Jeremy Fisher.

I was an avid reader as a child, and loved the Peter Rabbit and Alice in Wonderland stories. I also collect figurines from the Beswick Rupert series, and my regard for Rupert came from reading the cartoons in the Newspaper before I was actually interested in reading the news; and of course, there were the Rupert Annuals.

Beswick/Royal Doulton figurine of Alice in Wonderland, style one, Royal Doulton under license from Beswick
Beswick/Royal Doulton figurine of Alice in Wonderland, style one, Royal Doulton under license from Beswick | Source

Beswick Alice Designed by Albert Hallam and Graham Tongue

The photo above is a close-up version of the double picture in the introduction above. Alice stands 4.75", 12.1 cm. high. Royal Doulton made under license from Beswick, No. 2476. Her designers were Albert Hallam and Graham Tongue. Style one was issued during the years 1973-83.

Alice Backstamp

In the photo below, you will see that the backstamp refers both to Royal Doulton and to Beswick. Although throughout Beswick there are numerous backstamps for various models and issues, there is only one type of backstamp for the Beswick Alice series, covering the period l973 to 1983. This is because there was only one model for each of the Alice figurines, with no minor variations common to other Beswick series.

There is one minor exception, in that there is a first version of Alice in a dark blue dress and apron designed by Albert Hallam and Graham Tongue and a second version called Style Two, modelled by Martyn Alcock, where Alice wears a pink and white dress. However this is a much later model, issued in 1999 in a limited edition of 2,500, and only sold as part of a pair with Cheshire Cat of the same date. This later edition was commissioned by Lawleys by Post, but they are still Beswick figurines. Needless to say, they are not quite as valuable as the original much older versions.

Alice in Wonderland backstamp
Alice in Wonderland backstamp | Source

Another Doulton/Beswick Alice Backstamp

Look at the photo below and see if you can spot the difference from the first one above. You will see that this one has a handwritten marking inscribed on it. I have two Beswick Alice figurines, one with the first backstamp on it, and one with the second backstamp.

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland | Source

Did You Know That Beswick Figurines Are Valuable?

The Beswick pottery factory is no more, so whatever the value of Beswick figurines now, they will probably be worth much more in a few years' time. That's what happens with collectables! Why not buy an Alice in Wonderland piece now, as an investment, whilst prices are affordable?

Beswick figurine, Alice series: Mock Turtle
Beswick figurine, Alice series: Mock Turtle | Source

Mock Turtle

This Beswick figurine in the Alice series, Mock Turtle, was designed by Graham Tongue and made by Royal Doulton under license from Beswick. It stands 4.25", 10.8 cm high. It is No. 2478, Issued from 1973-1983.

The colours of this gloss brown and grey Mock Turtle figurine are very subtle, with hints of rich purple showing through.

Can You Guess the Author of This Poem?

How doth the little crocodile

Improve his shining tail,

And pour the waters of the Nile

On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,

How neatly spreads his claws,

And welcomes little fishes in

With gently smiling jaws!

Who is the author?

Do you know who wrote this poem?

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Royal Doulton licensed from Beswick, Alice series: White Rabbit
Royal Doulton licensed from Beswick, Alice series: White Rabbit | Source

White Rabbit

Designed by Graham Tongue, this figure is 4.75", 12.1 cm tall. It is Beswick No. 2477, issued 1973-1983. The white rabbit wears a brown coat and yellow waistcoat.

The Gryphon from the Alice series was manufactured by Royal Doulton under license from Beswick
The Gryphon from the Alice series was manufactured by Royal Doulton under license from Beswick | Source


This Royal Doulton/Beswick figurine, Gryphon, from the Alice series was designed by Albert Hallam. It stands 3.15", 8.3 cm tall. It is Beswick No. 2485, issued for ten years between 1973 and 1983. Gryphon is a gloss figurine in ominous browns and greens.

© 2010 Diana Grant

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @BLouw: : Thank you for your message which will be dealt with as soon as possible.

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      Barbara Walton 

      6 years ago from France

      I love Alice in Wonderland and these are really beautiful figurines. What a lovely collection you have built up.

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      7 years ago

      :-> My mom sometimes called me Alice when I was young, and later we saw a rock opera, "Alice and Wonderland" together. Thanks for the memories!

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      7 years ago

      Nice article. I love Beswick too and sell quite a bit of it - usually cats, dogs, and Beatrix Potter figurines.

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      EliasZanetti LM 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the memories, Alice is still a favourite and a well read copy sits in my bookcase..

      Great Collectable Gifts as well ;0

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      7 years ago

      I am not familiar with these figurines...but they are lovely.

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      7 years ago

      These Beswick Alice series figurines are absolutely adorable and what a great series of little collectibles they are for someone that is a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Virginia Allain: What a lovely idea!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've long been a fan of Alice in Wonderland and the early artists that illustrated it. These would make a lovely display in a glass case in the children's room of a library.

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      Tuula Olin 

      9 years ago

      Thank you so much for lensrolling my AliceinWonderlandQuotes lens. These figurines look so cute, great job.

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      9 years ago

      No cheeshire cat? :(

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you everyone for your kind comments, which have helped this lens to rise up through the ranks!

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      9 years ago

      Another great lens and thoroughly enjoyable read.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I enjoyed reading this lens. You have a really nice collection.Blessed by a squidangel

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      10 years ago

      stopped by as a Squid Greeter! I also like Beswick...I collect horse statues...nicely done and well written lens...5*

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      10 years ago

      Now this is the Alice In Wonderland that I remember!

      Nice job brings back memories, very cool collection.

      Robin :)

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      10 years ago from Iowa

      Lovely lens and wonderful figurines. I can see why you are so enchanted with them. :)


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