Beswick Cats have become very collectable figurines. Just one kitten was produced at the beginning of the 20th Century but it was not until 1945 that Beswick began to manufacture more models. They have continued in popularity since that time and Beswick cats are now very varied ranging from the fine pedigree to the cheeky wee moggy. It could be said that this is because, over the years, several Beswick Modellers have been involved in creating cat figurines each in their own style.
It would seem to be that Siamese and Persians are the most popular breed of cat and this is echoed by the present pedigree model collections, including a pair of Siamese kittens, modelled by Miss Granowska and first produced in 1953 but still being manufactured today.
Beswick Cats and Kittens come in a wide variety of models depicting different poses of the animal. Most of the models come in different colourways. See below for a more detailed description of colourways available.
The sizes of the Beswick Cats and Kittens vary with the smallest being just 3.2cm (1-1/4") in height and the tallest being 34.9cm (13-3/4") in height. The majority are around 10.1cm (4") to 16.5cm (6-1/2")
Click on the links below to get more information on the individual Beswick Cats and Kittens:
Black Gloss 1986 - 1989 Grey (shaded) gloss 1965 - 1989
Black matt 1984 - 1988 Grey (smokey blue) gloss 1945 - 1970
British Blue (lead grey gloss) 1964 - 1966 Grey striped gloss 1962 - 1973
Chocolate Point gloss 1953 - 1963 Grey Swiss roll gloss 1964 - 1966
Copper lustre 1971 Only Royal blue gloss Only one example known
Ginger matt 1984 - 1988 Seal point gloss 1963 - 1989
Ginger (dark) gloss 1945 - 1970 Seal point matt 1984 - 1988
Ginger (pale) gloss 1959 - 1963 White (large eyes) gloss 1963 - 1989
Ginger striped gloss 1965 - 1989 White (small eyes) gloss 1945 - 1963
Ginger Swiss roll gloss 1964 - 1966 White matt 1984 - 1988
Grey matt 1984 - 1988 White Zodiac cat 1958 - 1970