Collectible Beswick Figurines: Alice in Wonderland Series

Updated on June 5, 2018
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I love collecting things, especially figurines, which makes my home look interesting but somewhat cluttered, depending on your viewpoint.

Beswick Alice in Wonderland

 Royal Doulton under licence from Beswick
Royal Doulton under licence from Beswick | Source

You'll Love These Collectable Alice in Wonderland Figurines

These 5 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.

A Little about my Passion for Collectable Beswick Storybook 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 licence from Beswick
Royal Doulton under licence from Beswick | Source

Beswick Alice Designed by Albert Hallam and Graham Tongue

This 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.

Shown Below Is the Alice Backstamp

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
Alice in Wonderland | Source

Look Really Hard at This Second Doulton/Beswick Alice Backstamp

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 Mock Turtle
Beswick Mock Turtle | Source

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.

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On every golden scale!

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How neatly spreads his claws,

And welcomes little fishes in

With gently smiling jaws!

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Royal Doulton Licensed From Beswick, Alice Series: White Rabbit

Beswick - White Rabbit
Beswick - White Rabbit | Source

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 Licence from Beswick

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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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      • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        4 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 

        4 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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        cmadden 

        5 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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        AlleyCatLane 

        5 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 

        5 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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        ohcaroline 

        5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

        @Virginia Allain: What a lovely idea!

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        Virginia Allain 

        5 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 

        7 years ago

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

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        WeirdStuff 

        7 years ago

        No cheeshire cat? :(

      • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        7 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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        norma-holt 

        7 years ago

        Another great lens and thoroughly enjoyable read.

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        Mary Beth Granger 

        7 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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        Delia 

        8 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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        Light-in-me 

        8 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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        Mona 

        8 years ago from Iowa

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

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