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Updated on August 22, 2016
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I love collecting things, especially figurines, which makes my home look interesting but somewhat cluttered, depending on your viewpoint.

Mr Jeremy Fisher
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Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines - Beatrix Potter Series - Great Gifts

These collectable Beswick story book figurines make very popular presents not only for children but for collectors as well. The Beatrix Potter china ornaments are beautifully crafted by artists - Graham Orwell, Alan Maslankowski, Ted Chawner, David Lyttleton, Arthur Gredington, Graham Tongue, Amanda Hughes-Lubeck and Albert Hallam, who have become famous in their own right..

This lens is to showcase my not insubstantial collection of Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines in the Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit series. As well as photographs and descriptions of the models I own, I will tell you a little about Beatrix Potter herself and how she came to write the Peter Rabbit series, and her rapid rise to fame. I will also tell you a little about the Beswick factory, the Beswick designers and the important significance of Beswick Backstamps.

My lifelong affection for Beatrix Potter figures began when I was given a Beswick figurine, Jeremy Fisher for my birthday sixty years ago. Appealing, loveable but faintly repellant, he travelled the world with me, a significant reminder of my childhood. This little figure lasted until I had children of my own and eventually, after losing one hand, which was reverently glued back somewhat amateurishly, he broke and was regretfully consigned to the dustbin.

Over the years I have gathered quite a large collection of Beswick figurines, which I would now like to sell, although I will keep one or two of my favourites.

Beatrix Potter, 'Original illustration for The Tale of Peter Rabbit',
Beatrix Potter, 'Original illustration for The Tale of Peter Rabbit', | Source

So Who was Beatrix Potter?

A potted history of Beatrix Potter and the Peter Rabbit books she wrote and illustrated herself

Helen Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943) was born into a wealthy upper middle class Victorian family who had inherited money from the cotton trade. Her father, a barrister, was keen on art and photography and her parents mixed socially with writers, artists and politicians. They were too busy to spend much time with Beatrix and she was educated at home by a governess. Her younger brother Bertram was a close companion, but as he attended boarding school, she was quite a lonely child. Her father encouraged her artistic talent and she and her brother spent much time observing and sketching the numerous pets in their household and a variety of wildlife. Beatrix and Bertram kept many animals in their schoolroom, including mice, birds. frogs, lizards, snakes and a bat. Beatrix Potter's pets were often subjects for sketches and paintings, and were later to inspire the much-loved characters in her books.

In her 20's, Beatrix became a keen naturalist, studying and drawing plants and animals at museums, studying them under the microscope and writing about them; she was a gifted natural scientist and botanical illustrator and presented a botanical paper on Funghi to the Linnean Society. Later she became a farmer, sheep-breeder and conservationist.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit grew from some of her letters to the children of her former governess which she had illustrated seven years previously in 1893. After six rejections from publishers, she decided to publish the book herself in 1901 and on the strength of it was then taken on by the publisher Frederick Warne.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902 with an initial 8000 copies printed and the tale has never been out of print since. Beatrix Potter went on to publish another 22 little books over the next 28 years. Her editor, Norman Warne, fell in love and proposed to her but, sadly, he died in 1905 before they could marry. Her books were very successful and the income enabled her to buy farming land in the Lake District. Tthere she met a local solicitor, William Heelis, who became her husband in 1913. As well as sheep farming, she developed a keen interest in conservation after becoming friendly with a founder member of the National Trust, and in her will she left the Trust 14 farms and over 4,000 acres .

Beatrix Potter is still one of the world's best-selling and best-loved children's authors. She wrote and illustrated a total of 28 books, including the 23 Tales which have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over 100 million copies.


Beswick Beatrix Potter Tommy Brock BP 3a: Handle Hidden, Small Eye Patch - Beatrix Potter Tommy Brock BP 3a - Very Rare Second Version

The figurine on the left is the standard Beswick Beatrix Potter Tommy Brock BP 3a Ca. 1970-ca.1974 (showing the spade handle and small eye patches). The figurine on the right is the very rare and valuable Beswick Beatrix Potter Tommy Brock in the second version, second variation (spade - handle hidden and small eye patches) - it has a rare BP 3a backstamp, only produced for one year, about 1974,

Measuring 3.5", 8.9cm high, it was designed by Graham Orwell and has a blue-grey jacket, pink waistcoat and yellow trousers.

You can buy the standard Beswick Beatrix Potter Tommy Brock BP3a (Handle Out) from me:

£179.00 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal or contact me via my bio

Mr Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit BP 3c

Beswick Beatrix Potter Mr Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit

Mr Benjamin Bunny is seen here smacking Peter Rabbit's bottom - that wouldn't do at all these days, would it? He could be sued for assault!

Modeller: Alan Maslankowski, height 4", 10.1 cm.

Issued 1975 - 1995

Beswick Beatrix Potter - Susan 1983 - Believed to be Model BP3b

Beatrix Potter Susan, BP 3b:

Height 4"

Modeller David Lyttleton

Very rare back stamp "Frederick Warne plc 1983" (as opposed to Frederick Warne & Co), not even mentioned in Beswick's Collectables, although I have seen it elsewhere on the internet.

A rare backstamp would increase the value considerably.

You can buy this very rare Beswick Beatrix Potter Susan figurine, believed to be BP 3b from from me

£599.00 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal

or

contact me via my bio

The First Beatrix Potter Book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was Very Popular - This encouraged Beatrix Potter to go on to write more and she became a very wealthy

Beatrix Potter, 'Original illustration for The Tale of Peter Rabbit'
Beatrix Potter, 'Original illustration for The Tale of Peter Rabbit' | Source

In all, Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated 23

Peter Rabbit books and other tales,

listed below chronologically:

..1902 The Tale of Peter Rabbit

· 1903 The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

· 1903 The Tailor of Gloucester

· 1904 The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

· 1904 The Tale of Two Bad Mice

· 1905 The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

· 1905 The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan

· 1906 The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher

· 1906 The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit

· 1906 The Story of Miss Moppet

1907 The Tale of Tom Kitten

· 1908 The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

· 1908 The Tale of Samuel Whisker, or

. The Roly-Poly Pudding

· 1909 The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

· 1909 The Tale of Ginger and Pickles

· 1910 The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse

· 1911 The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes

· 1912 The Tale of Mr. Todd

· 1913 The Tale of Pigling Bland

· 1917 Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes

· 1918 The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse

· 1922 Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes

· 1930 The Tale of Little Pig Robinson




Mr Tod BP6a

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Beswick Beatrix Potter - Mr Tod BP6a

Mr Tod - a very foxy fox

Modeller: Ted Chawner

Height 4.75". 12/1 cm., issued l988 - 1993

Recently a Mr Tod sold for £32.29 ($50) on Ebay

Beswick Beatrix Potter - Appley Dapply BP2a - First Version "Bottle Out" - Appley Dapply BP 2a bottle out is the valuable more sought-after version,

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Issued 1971 - 1975

Modeller: Albert Hallam

You could buy this Beswick Beatrix Potter Appley Dapply BP 2a figurine for about £150

Tailor of Gloucester

Beswick Beatrix Potter - Tailor of Gloucester BP2a

Tailor of Gloucester is one of the less valuable Beswick figurines, so would make a good starter to a collection


Height 3.5"

Modeller: Arthur Gredington

Brown mouse, yellow bobbin of red thread

You can buy this Beswick Beatrix Tailor of Gloucester BP 2a figurine from from me . Unnoticeable slightly chipped ear and newspaper, so going cheap

£15 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal or contact me via my bio

Beswick Beatrix Potter Foxy Whiskered Gentleman BP-2a

Foxy Whiskered Gentleman, BP2A - First Version, First Variation, Designed by Arthur Gredington

Foxy Whiskered Gentleman was issued between 1954 - 2002.

The backstamp on the figurine in the photograph indicates that it was actually issued between 1955-1975, so it is a very early version - In this particular version, Foxy Whiskered Gentleman is wearing a pale green jacket and trousers, and a pink waistcoat.

Height 4.75", 12.1 cm.

Sadly, he has a chipped ear, waistcoat and backstamp.

You can buy this Beswick Beatrix Potter Foxy Whiskered Gentleman BP 2a from from me . Going cheaply because it is chipped

£14.99 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal or contact me via my bio

Beswick Beatrix Potter Mr Benjamin Bunny BP 2 Gold - Pipe Out and Dark Maroon Jacket

Beswick Beatrix Potter Mr Benjamin Bunny BP 2a Gold -

Modeller: Arthur Gredington, height 4.25" 10.8 cm.,

Mr Benjamin Bunny shown here is the earlier version issued between 1965 and 1974,which has his pipe out. There is an extremely rare earlier version with Mr Benjamin Bunny wearing a lilac jacket as opposed to the maroon jacket.

In the later versions, issued between 1970 and 2002, his pipe is in. There are numerous different backstamps, and the later issues are, on the whole, a lot less valuable.

You can buy this very rare Beswick Beatrix Potter Mr Benjamin Bunny BP 2 Figurine with pipe out and maroon jacket from from me

£150 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal or contact me via my bio

More Peter Rabbit things to buy - Amazon has some adorable Peter Rabbit items for sale

See if there is anything you like here - They are very popular with children

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Children love these stories with their beautiful illustrationa

 
Meri Meri Party Plates, Peter Rabbit - Small
Meri Meri Party Plates, Peter Rabbit - Small

These plates will give years of pleasure, and you may even be able to pass them down the line to your grandchildren

 

Beswick Beatrix Potter Pig-Wig BP 3b - Beswick Beatrix Potter Pig-Wig - Black Pig with Blue Dress

Mr Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit BP 3c

Modeller: Albert Hallam, Height 4", 1972-82

There were two colour variations for Pig-Wig, Version 1 is extremely rare, so rare in fact that the standard reference book, "Beswick Collectables", does not even list the price - Pig-Wig is a grey pig in a pale blue dress.

In version 2, the one shown here, she is a black pig in a deep blue dress.

Buy this Beswick Beatrix Potter Pigwig BP 3b figurine from from me

£225 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal or contact me via my bio

The World of Peter Rabbit (The Original Peter Rabbit, Books 1-23, Presentation Box)
The World of Peter Rabbit (The Original Peter Rabbit, Books 1-23, Presentation Box)

Here is a wonderful set of Beatrix Potter books

One of Amazon's specials

Good value - look how many books there are! The set includes all the books mentioned above.

 

Beswick Beatrix Potter Sir Isaac Newton BP3b

Beswick Beatrix Potter Sir Isaac Newton BP3b

Sir Isaac Newton is my favourite Beatrix Potter Figurine - don't ask me why, I just love him!

Issued 1955 - 1972, Height: 3.75", 9.5 cm.

Modeller: Graham Tongue

This is one of the only figures with a backstamp using the words "Made in England" as opposed to the usual "England"

The colour and size of Sir Isaac Newton figurines may vary. He wears a pale green jacket and a yellow waistcoat with tan markings.

You can buy this Beswick Beatrix Potter Sir Isaac Newton BP 3b from me

£200 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal or contact me via my bio

Backstamps on Beswick Figurines

Beswick, Royal Albert and Royal Doulton Backstamps

Back stamps are used by manufacturers to identify their work and are generally found on the underside of the figurine. They normally include the name of the manufacturer and, in the case of Beswick, there were many variations which could be used to deduce the model and date of issue. Some people collect rare backstamps, rather than the figurines they identify, and backstamps can considerably increase the value of an item if they are very rare.

The following information will assist you when you are building your collection of Beswick, Royal Albert and Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter figurines:

There were 25 different backstamp variations used in total:

BP1a Beswick Gold Circle (Beswick England written in a Circle Issued 1948-1954)

BP1b Beswick Gold Parallel Lines (Beswick England written in parallel lines used on a very limited amount of figures Issued 1949-1954)

BP2 Beswick Gold Oval (Beswick England written in an Oval shape Issued 1955-1972)

BP2b Beswick Transitional (Part Gold Script backstamp as on the BP2 and part BP3b backstamp Issued 1971-1972)

BP3a Beswick (Brown writing with no date stamp Issued 1973-1974)

BP3b Beswick (Brown writing Potter's with an "s" and the copyright date Issued 1974-1985)

BP3c Beswick (Brown writing Potter with no 's with the added Licensed By Copyrights and the copyright date Issued 1985-1988)

BP4 Beswick Doulton (Similar to the BP3c stamp but with the John Beswick Signature and the added Studio of Royal Doulton Issued 1988-1989)

BP5 Royal Albert Gold Crown (Gold stamp to mark the changeover to the Royal Albert Label, only used on six Character Figurines Issued 1989)

BP6a Royal Albert Small Crown (Brown stamp used on the smaller figures Issued 1989-1998)

BP6b Royal Albert Large Crown (Brown stamp used on the larger size figures Issued 1993-1998)

BP7 Beswick Doulton (100 in an Oval shape with the writing Peter Rabbit 1893-1993 F.Warne & Co used to mark the 100th Anniversary of Peter Rabbit Issued 1993)

BP8a Beswick Doulton (Brown Script Beswick Ware found on only two figures Jemima & Her Ducklings and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Washing Issued 1998)

BP8b Beswick Doulton (Brown Script Beswick Ware marked 1947-1997 used to mark the 50th year of production of Beswick Beatrix Potter figurines Issued 1997)

BP8c Beswick Doulton (Brown Script Beswick Ware used on Limited Edition figurines with the added Limited Edition numbers only used on three Tableaus Issued 1998-2000)

BP9a Beswick Doulton (Gold Script Beswick Ware marked with Beswick Centenary 1894-1994 marking the 100th Anniversary of the Beswick company only used on Jemima Puddle-Duck Issued 1994)

BP9b Beswick Doulton (Gold Script Beswick Ware used on six figurines painted with Gold Highlights Issued 1997-1998)

BP9c Beswick Doulton (Gold Script Beswick Ware used on Limited Edition figures with the added Limited Edition numbers Issued 1997-2000)

BP9d Beswick Doulton (Gold Script Beswick Ware used on Limited Edition figures with the addition of the Peter Rabbit and Friends logo Issued 1997-2000)

BP10a Beswick Doulton (Beswick "B" Black Crest stamp Issued 1998-2002)

BP10b Beswick Doulton (Black stamp Beswick written arched over Made In England Issued 1998-2002)

BP10c Beswick Doulton (A variation of BP10b but all writing is curved around the figures circular base Issued 1998-2002)

BP10d Beswick Doulton (Beswick "B" Gold Crest Special Gold Edition with the Peter Rabbit and Friends logo only used on Sweet Peter Rabbit Issued 1999)

BP11a Beswick Doulton (Circular stamp with the John Beswick Signature and the "P" reference number of the figure produced on nine Gloss Finish figures and six Satin Glaze Finish figures Issued 2001-2002)

BP11b Beswick Doulton (Circular stamp same as BP11a but on marked Limited Edition figures Issued 2001-2002)

List Provided by Courtesy of Londons Collectable Treasures

Beswick Beatrix Potter - Benjamin Wakes up

Benjamin Wakes Up BP 6a

Modeller: Amanda Hughes-Lubeck

Height: 2.25", 5.7 cm., issued 1991 - 1997

Benjamin Wakes Up is not a very valuable figurine, but he's quite cute.

You can buy this Beswick Beatrix Potter Benjamin Wakes up BP 6a from me

£38.50 + Postage - Buy now via Paypal or contact me via my bio

Here are some good links to Beatrix Potter's work -

Well worth following up if you would like more detail about how Beatrix Potter came to write the Peter Rabbit Stories

I will add to the list when I come across appropriate articles - sites where you can research how a Victorian lady from a wealthy background and modest home-learning became a world-famous successful writer and illustrator of beautifully detailed anatomically correct drawings of anthropomorphised animals

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      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      They're adorable! Thank you for sharing them with us :)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      What a lovely lens. As Rachel said thanks for sharing. :)

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      Michelle Lacroix Toro 7 years ago from United States

      Wonderful site! I enjoyed reading your information on these figurines.

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      They're not only adorable but very collectable too. Lovely lens.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I love china and collectables. I have a few hummel and royal dalton. Great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful collection. Great lens!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens and wonderful history of these pieces which makes it a very unique topic. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi Angela, when you said PB-2a, I thought it wa a new backstamp that I did not know about, but of course you actually had the letters transposed - should be BP not PB!

      I'm not an expert, just a keen hobbyist. According to my research, BP-2a backstamp is gold oval. As yours is brown (you didn't state whether it is oval or straight line), I am almost certain it is a BP-3b, but I would not be sure without actually seeing a photograph of it.If you want to send me a picture, by email, I will do some more research.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens on a great subject. I love Royal Albert pottery and these pieces make it shine in glory. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust/craft

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Thank you, I really appreciate that

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have twenty BP2 figurines for sale, would you be interested?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have Peter Rabbit with a black stamp 90. Hoping someone could tell me the value.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Would you like to contact me via my contact info in My Bio?

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      It sounds like BP 10b, but you haven't said whether it is big or small, and I would want to see a photograph of the backstamp to even venture a guess.

      Has anyone else any ideas about this?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, very interesting site and good to see what all the back stamps are. I love my collection, mainly the mice as have Brambly Hedge as well as Beswick.

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      Love this page! And I love how you included facts, story and timeline along with figurines! It flows great and adds to the value of these charming pieces! :)

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Mihaela Vrban: Thanks for your nice comments, and thank you Jennifer Earnshaw too.

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      love this page, great wrok and the figurines are all tasteful and seem lifelike.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I have always loved Beatrix Potter and these figurines are beautiful! Totally awesome!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Aren't these just gorgeous, I loved reading beatrix Potter, and I feel these figurines capture the stories magnificantly. Blessed By An Angel

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      An interesting resource. Love Beatrix Potter's art.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      To answer your questions, (a)Yes I do collect things but not drawing and figurines, (b) now that I seen a Beatrix Potter drawings and figurines, I like them and (c) no I can't bear to part with my collections unless the money is excellent! Thanks for introducing me to Beatrix Potter

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      jennikitten lm 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, I love the books when I was younger.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      Love all of your Beatrix Potter figurine photos! Makes me smile just looking at them!

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      bobtyndall 6 years ago

      Thank you for featuring my lens, Beatrix Potter Collectible Peter Rabbit. I have lensrolled this lens to mine.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I had already been here and liked this page but have now lensrolled to my Beatrix Potter cross stitch page. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The figurines are beautiful. I love the first one - the frog. Wonderful lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice Squidoo. I really enjoy reading what you wrote about. Chris

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A wonderful collect your have here. Beatrix Potter was an amazing writer that most kids grew up with.

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      MagnoliaTree 6 years ago

      I love Beatrix Potter drawings-- thanks for sharing this info about the figurines!

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      greetingcardsinfo 5 years ago

      Another good quality lens really lovely items.

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      Great. I loved the very foxy fox Mr. Tod with only one D. Great presentation!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Rabbit.Looked it up and said it's Johnny Town Mouse.Saw two.One is very rare.How do I determine which figurine I have?

      sirama7262@aol.com

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: You need to study and analyse the backstamp - you'd need to have a reference book to do this - any slight variation in backstamp would mean a different version. If you want me to look it up for you, please contact me via my bio page, and send me a photo of the backstamp - I would be happy to check it for you, but as it is extremely rare, my book (9th Ed. of Beswick Collectables)has not listed an auction value for it at all, which means that at the time of publication, they had not found one which had been sold. There is a later version of the book which might have up-to-date information about this model.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have just inherited over 100 Beswick R Albert Bunnykins pristine condition in a will I would like to sell them but not on e-bay could you advise some are gold stamped.

      trix pooter

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: You would need to find a specialist auction house by looking them up on the internet. If you put them into just any old auction, people are not there for these specialist collectibles, and you won't get a good price. I have not come across Royal Albert Bunnykins figurines in my Beswick Collectibles reference book so your question is outside my area of knowledge.

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      sarita 5 years ago from Hisar

      figures are awesome.. keep it up..

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      i love these figurines. my mom gave them to me as presents when i was growing up. i always got one for my birthday and one for christmas.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blessed! Please add this to the non-Zazzle plexo on my Zazzle and Blessings for November 2011 lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Adrable figurines.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      I don't remember much Beatrix Potter from when I was a child, but have enjoyed her work as an adult. Lovely selection of figurines here. Blessed. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thankyou for replying I have no room for this collection and don't know much about them in my description I should have said Beatrix Potter,Beswick,Royal Albert and some Bunnykins which are not Beswick Collectables I have a lot to learn which is why I am looking on the Internet.

      Patricia Smith

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: If you go to My Bio on the top right hand side of this web page, you can send me a personal email, and we can then communicate more directly.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Nice collection of Beswick!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      These are beautiful figurines.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I adored the story of Peter Rabbit and Nutkin the Squirrel when I was a child. They were a couple of my favorite books that I remember my Dad reading to me until I began reading them to him! Thanks for sharing, this brought back some memories.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The figures are so cute, a collectors items for sure.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a collector and am thinking of selling some of them. I have 69. I have been researching the various backstamps and find it very confusing. I noticed your description of the backstamp for "SUSAN"..Mine does have the Frederick Warne P.L.C. 1983. Is this the valuable one?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a question... the backstamp on my PETER RABBIT IS IN ITALICS WITH THE GOLD OVAL BESWICK ENGLAND AND AN APOSTROPHE S.. . I can't find an answer on this one.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: BP-1 has a gold circle, the name of the character in italics and an apostrophe s after the words Beatrix Potter. That would be Peter Rabbit first version, first variation with backstamps issued between 1948 and 1954.

      BP-2a was a gold oval, and the name of the character does not appear to me to be in italics. There is an apostrophe s as above. It was issued between 1955 and 1972 and would also be for Peter Rabbit first version, first variation.

      As you state that your figurine's backstamp has an oval stamp AND italics, it is not possible for me to say which version the backstamp is, as it seems to fall between the two. I checked my Beswick reference book, and can't give you any better information than this.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Yes, it does appear to be the valuable one

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello Diana. My daughter was about to throughout a MY BEnjamin eating lettuce figurine. It has a Royal Albert inscription on the base with copyright 1992. Would this be of any value to anyone?

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is likely to be the BP-6a version and is worth about $45 or £30

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I recently acquired a set of both little books and figurines. Do these usually come like this? I find it easy to find little figurines but not the little books to go with. Where could I find both? as a side note, of course the most notable were missing!!LOL

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have received a "The Original Peter Rabbit Calendar 1995" I cannot find it on the internet. I find 2011 and one 1993 but no 1995. this is new still in the mailing carton Do you have any suggestions of what it might be worth. thank you

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: The only indication I can give you is that one dated slightly earlier was being offered for sale at £17 and another similar item for about £8, but I don't know whether yours would be worth more because it is in its mailing carton, or about the same.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: I don't know where you would get these. As far as I am aware, they are not normally sold together, so I don't know whether it was a special issue, or how common this would be. I have never heard of it......beware of imitations!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a mrs rabbit statue, normally I know that the umbrella she holds is green, mine however is white, does that make her rare. I haven't bee able to find out any information about this, I'd appreciate your advice if possible.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: In my research I have not come across a white umbrella - pale green, yes. If it has a gold handle, it is a later version issued in 1998, limited edition of 1947, BP-9c and sold as a pair with Foxy Whiskered Gentleman. It is not as high-value as the older versions - about £60

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, thank you for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have in my possession around 15 various peter rabbit royal doulton & royal albert figurines and cups and saucers along with a wedgewood piece which i looking to sell, do you know anyone who would be interested? all pieces are in mint condition( no chips or cracks)

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: You could try selling them on eBay. I don't know anyone personally who is looking to buy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 7 figurines that my granfather bought for me in 1966 are these worth anything? peter rabbit flopsy Mr Fox etc they all have the curved stamp in gold on the bottom

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: My Beswick Collectables reference book is a bit out of date, as I am not sure how the recession has affected values. It might be worth your while looking on the internet to see what prices have been achieved for your particular figurines recently. On eBay you can do a search for your specific items and then narrow the search within eBay by looking for auctions which have ended. Then you would be able to find out what they fetched in an auction if they sold. This is not necessarily the same as what they are worth, but it will give you some guidance

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! You sound delightful! I am not really a collector but I am looking for the figurine "Foxy Reading Country News". I am collecting a few figures to decorate at a baby shower. I just like that Foxy is reading. I am a reader. Budget for this little event is of course limited. Seen any reasonable Foxy Reading figures?

      Connie

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Sadly, no, I haven't

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      piedromolinero 4 years ago

      These are beautiful figurines that make perfect collectibles.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thank you for the wonderful information about the few figurines I have that were given to me in my childhood. Tommy Brock survived in tact, the rest suffer my own repairs... thank you again, delightful read

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful collection. I really like your side by side comparison showing the rare piece. Blessed.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @RhondaAlbom: Thank you so much

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lovely lens, you did a great job, squidliked, G+1 and Pinned.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: That's nice to hear - thanks!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Wow, you obviously are the go to person about these figurines. Beatrix Potter was an amazing lady, I absolutely can understand why you got so interested in her. When my son was in fourth grade his teacher would bring the plush toys to school and have the kids hold them while she read the books to them. I love the Sir Isaac Newton as well; my ex-husband published an article in the journal he started: I wonder if I have enough forgiveness to give him the figurine. :) My son Ben definitely needs that sleepy bunny. Pinned to my collectibles board - you have done an excellent job here.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gypzeerose: My cat knocked over a little showcase box with 3 of them displayed in it a few weeks ago. I couldn't bear to check them out for a couple of days, but when I did, with some trepidation, it was good news, and nothing broken. I displayed them more carefully after that.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      Beatrix Potter is such a fascinating person. I love her books and all the characters and I very much enjoyed seeing your own collection.

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      November65 3 years ago

      My parents bought me a few Beatrix Potter books...I loved them. When my second child was born Momma gave a nice book collection to our son Patrick.I enjoyed reading them to him as much, maybe more, as he did listening for his bedtime stories. I have them in storage for his children...if he gives me any Grandchildren that is! I saw some beautiful figurines in our local jewelry shop window, I didn't dare look at the price of the figures...but I may stop by today and have a look. The characters are so sweet that it brings happy tears to my eyes thinking of them. I enjoyed looking at your collection.

      Many Blessings to you and yours,

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      kelly 2 years ago

      hi i have a small figure of of peter and the only hallmark is a number 4 ? how can i find more out (age)

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      Marti 18 months ago

      I have a Beatrix Potter Cottontail figurine with Frederick Warne PLC on the bottom. Is it valuable and if so, why? Thank you. Enjoy your articles.

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