ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Beswick Figurines - Alice in Wonderland Series: Great Collectable Presents

Updated on October 7, 2016
Gloriousconfusion profile image

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

Beswick Alice in Wonderland Series

This Web Page will show you the wonderfully detailed and lovingly created Beswick figurines created in the "Alice" series by master craftsmen which are a collector's delight.

Beswick - Alice in Wonderland

Source

You'll love these Alice in Wonderland figurines:

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.

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.

Mr Jeremy Fisher from the Beswick Beatrix Potter series

he was the first of my collection, so has a special place in my heart, as I actually used to play with him (he would be too valuable to play with now, but unfortunately he broke during my travels)
he was the first of my collection, so has a special place in my heart, as I actually used to play with him (he would be too valuable to play with now, but unfortunately he broke during my travels) | Source

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.

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 - Alice in Wonderland Style One - Beswick Alice Style One designed by Albert Hallam and Graham Tongue

Source

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 licence from Beswick, No. 2476

Designer: Albert Hallam and Graham Tongue

Style One was issued during the years 1973-83

You can buy this Beswick Alice Series "Alice" Style One figurine from me

£135 + Postage £2.99 in UK - Buy now via Paypal

or

contact me via my bio for any questions or if you want to buy from outside the UK

Alice in Wonderland Backstamp

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland | Source

This 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, as is often found with other Beswick series.

There is a 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 very 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
Alice in Wonderland | Source

Look Really Hard at this Second Doulton/Beswick Alice Backstamp -

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!

So why not buy an

Alice in Wonderland

piece now, as an investment whilst prices are affordable?

Beswick Animals: A Charlton Standard Catalogue - Published 2011 - A useful reference book if you intend to buy or sell Beswick animal figurines - I use my catal

Beswick Animals (A Charlton Standard Catalogue)
Beswick Animals (A Charlton Standard Catalogue)

It's portable, easy to use and always good to have one of the latest gadgets - go mad, treat yourself!

It's important to have an up to date catalogue, as prices of these figurines vary considerably over the years, and these Beswick animals are very popular

 

Beswick Figurine - Alice Series - Mock Turtle

Beswick Mock Turtle
Beswick Mock Turtle | Source

Beswick Figurine - Alice Series - Mock Turtle - This Beswick Figurine in the Alice Series - Mock Turtle - was designed by Graham Tongue

Made by Royal Doulton under licence from Beswick

Designer: Graham Tongue

Standing 4.25", 10.8 cm high

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

Look at the Poem and Answer the Poll Just Below it

How Doth the Little Crocodile

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? Lets see how you do in the Polls! And don't forget to tell us whether you got it right!

Do you know who wrote this poem?

See results

Royal Doulton licensed from Beswick - White Rabbit - Alice Series

Beswick - White Rabbit
Beswick - White Rabbit | Source

White Rabbit - Alice Series - Royal Doulton under licence from Beswick

Designer: Graham Tongue

4.75", 12.1 cm

Beswick No. 2477

Issued 1973 - 1983

White Rabbit wears a brown coat and yellow waistcoat

You can buy this Beswick Alice Series "White Rabbit" figurine from me

£135 + Postage £2.99 in UK - Buy now via Paypal

or

contact me via my bio for any questions or if you want to buy from outside the UK

The Gryphon from the Alice Series was manufactured by Royal Doulton under licence from Beswick

Source

Royal Doulton under licence from Beswick - Gryphon - Alice Series - This Royal Doulton/Beswick figurine, Gryphon, from the Alice Series was designed by Albert H

Designer: Albert Hallam

3.15", 8.3 cm

Beswick No. 2485

Issued for ten years between 1973-and 1983

Gryphon is a gloss figurine in ominous browns and greens

You can buy this Beswick Alice Series "Gryphon" figurine from me

£135 + Postage £2.99 in UK - Buy now via Paypal

just contact me via my bio for any questions or if you want to buy from outside the UK

Have I transported you, made you think, inspired you, entertained you? This is my Guestbook - Do leave a comment - What do you think?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • WildFacesGallery profile image

      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

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

    • profile image

      Light-in-me 7 years ago

      Now this is the Alice In Wonderland that I remember!

      Nice job brings back memories, very cool collection.

      Robin :)

    • delia-delia profile image

      Delia 7 years ago

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

    • mbgphoto profile image

      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

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

    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Another great lens and thoroughly enjoyable read.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image
      Author

      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

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

    • Tuula Olin profile image

      Tuula Olin 6 years ago

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

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 4 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.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image
      Author

      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Virginia Allain: What a lovely idea!

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 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.

    • profile image

      ohcaroline 4 years ago

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

    • EliasZanetti LM profile image

      EliasZanetti LM 4 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

    • profile image

      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

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

    • profile image

      cmadden 4 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!

    • BLouw profile image

      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

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

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image
      Author

      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      This is an automated reply.

    Click to Rate This Article