I love collecting things, especially figurines, which makes my home look interesting or somewhat cluttered, depending on your viewpoint.
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.
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?
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.
More Beswick Collectable Figurines
- Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines: Beatrix Potter Collectables
This article covers Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines in the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit series. Models I own, something about Beatrix Potter, the Beswick factory, designers & significance of Backstamps
© 2010 Diana Grant
Do leave a comment. What do you think?
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on August 16, 2013:
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Barbara Walton from France on August 16, 2013:
I love Alice in Wonderland and these are really beautiful figurines. What a lovely collection you have built up.
cmadden on March 22, 2013:
:-> 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!
AlleyCatLane on March 20, 2013:
Nice article. I love Beswick too and sell quite a bit of it - usually cats, dogs, and Beatrix Potter figurines.
EliasZanetti LM on March 20, 2013:
Thanks for the memories, Alice is still a favourite and a well read copy sits in my bookcase..
Great Collectable Gifts as well ;0
ohcaroline on November 18, 2012:
I am not familiar with these figurines...but they are lovely.
anonymous on November 16, 2012:
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.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on November 16, 2012:
@Virginia Allain: What a lovely idea!
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 16, 2012:
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.
Tuula Olin on March 31, 2011:
Thank you so much for lensrolling my AliceinWonderlandQuotes lens. These figurines look so cute, great job.
WeirdStuff on November 21, 2010:
No cheeshire cat? :(
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 18, 2010:
Thank you everyone for your kind comments, which have helped this lens to rise up through the ranks!
norma-holt on October 09, 2010:
Another great lens and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on September 19, 2010:
I enjoyed reading this lens. You have a really nice collection.Blessed by a squidangel
Delia on April 25, 2010:
stopped by as a Squid Greeter! I also like Beswick...I collect horse statues...nicely done and well written lens...5*
Light-in-me on April 25, 2010:
Now this is the Alice In Wonderland that I remember!
Nice job brings back memories, very cool collection.
Mona from Iowa on April 25, 2010:
Lovely lens and wonderful figurines. I can see why you are so enchanted with them. :)