Beswick backstamp dating
Royal Doulton had acquired the Beswick company earlier, but in August 1989 all horses were produced with the RD name and backstamp.(Some Beswick collectors won't even touch the horses with a RD backstamp!Hi Gareth, It's a bit naughty that they are allowed to use the John Beswick name though don't you think?It's even worse than the people who are copying Whitefriars Glass items at the moment as they don't add labels to their fakes. The horses always looked a bit dodgy and I'm not bothered really as I said they were cheap.In 1947, Lucy Beswick, fascinated with the illustrations of Peter Rabbit and his friends found in Beatrix Potter’s books, suggested Beswick acquire rights to create figurines based on Potter’s drawings.David Doty’s Carnival Glass Website (ddoty.com) lists16 color variations for the standard vase with the leaves/stalk base—amethyst, aqua, aqua opal, blue, green, green (Coke bottle color), green emerald, ice blue, ice green, lime green, marigold, olive green, purple, sapphire blue, teal, and white.Beswick was able to make it thru the Depression era and both World Wars; in the late 30's and early 40's they came out with many of the animals figurines we know today.Beswick horses were first produced in 1939, the first being the ever popular (and a common find) Bois Roussel.
Dating Royal Doulton products from their Doulton marks means you sometimes have to check very carefully.Robert Allen and artists in his studio were often allocated RA-numbers for their hand-painted wares designed and decorated by them.