Beswick Brings in the Bidders

A collection of Beswick porcelain figure sold for over £24,000 in the Charterhouse two day October auction.

“It was a fabulous collection which adorned every nook and cranny in a bungalow up in Darlington, North Yorkshire.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Despite being over 300 miles away the owner had seen the constant high prices we achieve for Beswick and instructed Charterhouse to auction the entire collection.

Beswick was formed in 1894 by James Wright Beswick and his two sons John and Gilbert in Staffordshire. They were chiefly known for the production of high quality horses, cattle, dogs, cats, birds and other figures which remain hugely popular with collectors today.

Highlight of the Beswick collection was a Red Friesian bull, cow and calf. Produced by Beswick for the Beswick Collectors Club in 1992 it was made in very small numbers making it one of the most sought after Beswick animal groups to collect.

With live internet bidding starting at £1,000 the bids came in thick and fast ending up with a bidding war between two telephone bidders with a collector paying just over £4,000 for the privilege of adding the cattle into her collection.

Elsewhere in the collection of hundreds of Beswick figures, which was a white glove auction for the client whereby every lot sold, a model of Prince Philip on Alamein sold for £585, a cowboy also £585 and a chocolate Labrador ££390.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for their busy autumn auction programme with coins, medals, toys and other collectors’ items in December, Beswick & Royal Doulton in January, and their popular specialist classic & vintage motorcycle and car auctions in February.

For further information regarding these specialist auctions, or to arrange a home visit, contact Richard Bromell and the team of experts at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email

Top Lot – rare Beswick Red Friesen bull, cow and calf, from a collection in Darlington, sold by Charterhouse in their specialist auction of Beswick in October, sold for £4,030

Also from the North Yorkshire collection:

A Beswick HRH Prince Philip on Alamein sold for £585

A Beswick Cowboy sold for £585

A Beswick chocolate Labrador sold for £390