Mould No: 993A Designed by: Arthur Gredington Dimensions: Height 5.7 cm (2.1/4″) Produced: 1943
Mould No: 993B Produced: 1973 Designed by: Arthur Gredington and re-modelled by Graham Tongue
There are two versions of this mould available, 993A and 993B, the first edition was released in 1943 and designed by Arthur Gredington, the second release was in 1973 and was re-modelled by Graham Tongue.
These Beswick Wren figurines, should be fairly easy to find for sale in most countries around the world.
Beswick Birds figurines come in quite a selection of sizes with many varieties produced from their pottery spanning over one hundred years.
So as you can imagine, with this amount of years under their belt, they have knocked out one or two bird figurines during that time period.
As with many companies, they get taken over and often shelved, so the parent company can keep the lions share of the market. Royal Doulton in 1969 acquired the assets of the Beswick and to their credit, they kept it going till 1989, then promptly stopped all production. with no more Bird figurines being made.
Then in 1998 due to market pressure they re-introducing the product range, and for a brief period, production was under way again, until 2002 that is, and once again, all production was halted. The Beswick brand looked like it might be gone forever, this really looked like the end of the line, for the bird figurines that came with the famous Beswick Underplate. as Royal Doulton sold the Gold Street works to property developers.
However, luckily the story doesn’t finish there, thanks to a Yorkshire company who in 2008, (John Sinclair (Sheffield) Ltd), to be precise.
The Beswick Animals Figurines were once again back in production and on the market at reasonable prices, although the company seem to be concentrating mainly on cats and dogs,