Discontinued Collectibles Guide

Beswick Animals & Collectables

Established in 1892 by James Wright Beswick to manufacture tableware, the Gold Street Works in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, soon became better known for its highly collectable animal ornaments, especially after James was joined in 1894 by his sons, John and Gilbert. Their Staffordshire dogs and cats became extremely popular and set the pattern for the factory’s future output. They are now most popular among collectors.

Following the death of James Wright Beswick in 1921 the reins passed to his grandson, John Beswick. John continued to expand the business and in 1934 introduced high fired bone china to the processes. This enabled the production of the high quality figurines so familiar to collectors today. Animals continued to be the principal theme with lifelike representations in china of famous racehorses and champion dogs.

Arthur Gredington joined the Beswick team in 1939 as Chief Modeller and introduced farm animals to the range of collectibles. His range of Rearing Horsemen, 190 in all became the most numerous produced by the company and some of the most sought after by collectors. Arthur and the Decorating Manager, Jim Hayward were responsible for expanding the range of lifelike animal figurines to include cats, dogs, fish and wild animals as well as the farm animals and working horses like the mighty shires.

The post-war era saw Lucy Beswick introduce characters from the Beatrix Potter books, taken from the original illustrations, bringing them to life in fine porcelain. The first of these collectables was Arthur Gredington’s brilliant interpretation of Jemima Puddleduck. Look out too for the range of Disney characters, Bambi, Mickey Mouse, Snow White and others, introduced in 1952 and still coveted by collectors everywhere.

The following is a list of live auctions for "Beswick Pottery Animals" currently listed on eBay. Hover the mouse cursor over the current price for details of postage and packaging. If you would like to see more information on a particular piece and maybe even bid on it, simply click on the item description to be magically whisked away to the wonderful world that is eBay. Alternatively you may use the search box to look for a specific piece for your collection.

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