Collectible Beswick Figurines: Alice in Wonderland Series
Collectable Alice in Wonderland Figurines
These five ceramic figurines are all pictured below with full details:
- Alice in her very realistic blue dress and white apron bound in red braid
- The Mock Turtle with his mauve shell and yellow front
- A very business-like White Rabbit checking his watch and
- A hunched-up Gryphon, knees bent and enfolding wings
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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© 2010 Diana Grant