It wasn't until the latter part of the 1800's that the majority of the makers listed below learned how to use bone china for serious production.
Wedgwood, being very cautious about luxury porcelains, chose not to go into bone china at first.
Dating beswick china
Arthur Gredington’s range of 190 Rearing Horsemen is one of the largest (and most popular amongst collectors) ever produced by the company.
Under decorating manager Jim Hayward, there was a shift towards lifelike animal pieces, including cats, dogs, farm animals, fish and wild animals.
They let firms like Spode and Rockingham do the pioneering work. Many of the old antique bone china making firms have not survived to the current day.
New makers with tighter marketing plans have taken their place over the last 60 years or so.
If you are at all interested in antique bone china you will need to keep this guide handy. This section is not a directory of pottery marks, but explains who founded the company, in what era, and what happened subsequently. The A - Z directory starts immediately below a short introduction.
Bone china is a type of porcelain with added animal bone.
The combination of these two events created the golden age of Beswick which continued until the factory closed in 2002.
From the establishment of the Beswick factory in Longton, Stoke on Trent in 1894, animal figures of a very high quality and at an affordable price to the collector with a modest budget.
The production of Beswick figures can be divided into two periods.
From the 1890's to the mid 1930's the Beswick factory produced, in the Staffordshire traditional form, a combination of tableware, decorative porcelain, majolica and a range of figures and animals such as generals, milkmaids, mantle dogs, cattle and horses.
Continued expansion enabled the acquisition of the adjoining factory in 1945 to accommodate offices, warehousing and new potting and firing facilities.