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Beswick Collectables: A Charlton Standard Catalogue Paperback – 1 Dec 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Charlton Press; 10th Revised edition edition (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088968314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889683143
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although called "Beswick Collectables", for the ranges it covers, it also includes figures produced under the Royal Albert and Royal Doulton brands.

The problem with a publication like this is that by the time it hits the streets, the prices are already out of date and, as this 10th Edition was first published in December 2008 (although the copyright date is 2009), changes in fashion and the continuing growth of online purchasing means that, whereas some pieces have increased in value, many are now available for much less than quoted in the book - for a more up-to-date guide to how much they are selling for, check out the "completed" listings on ebay (this shows the actual price that was paid for something), go to the websites of more traditional auction houses or browse round your local antique shops.

BUT...don't let this put you off. I didn't buy this book to look at the prices; I bought it because I wanted a comprehensive and detailed listing of the collectables I'm interested in, so I can first choose the figures I want and second research the current market.

This extraordinary little gem gives me exactly what I need.
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This book is an excellent, comprehensive reference work of Beswick 'collectables'. This covers a wide range of figures including storybook, film and cartoon characters as well as various others which do not fall into this categorisation. So for example, The Cats Chorus, Footballing Felines, the Character Jugs and English Country Folk are included although they are not really covered by these categories. All the essential detail is there ie designer, description and the years of introduction and retirement. This book is invaluable to any serious collector and my only serious criticism of this aspect of the book, is that it would be much better if it was all in colour rather than just 32 pages. I presume the price of printing is the issue here, but is colour printing that much more expensive these days?

Do take the price guide with a pinch of salt. Charlton do have an unenviable task in collating information from many different sources - auctions, internet, dealers etc. and take an informed view as to what the current market value of any particular piece is. However, that is not to say this is the 'right' price and you will find that a bit of patience and a lot of searching around will mean you can normally buy much more keenly. Start by checking out what is on Ebay!
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I ordered this book on Beswick figurines, this is the most definitive book you can get, it is a brilliant tome.
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We collect Beswick and have found this book invaluable for advice on the value of our collections. We currently have 3 collections on the go, all of which are in this book. We also use it to mark the ones we have to avoid duplicates.Have found it easy to follow and would recommend to Beswick collectors
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I purchased this book because of the title-Beswick Collectables -unfortunately it does not cover at all anything to do with Beswick horses. On the back of the cover it states 'a reference for all Beswick collectables' which unfortunately is incorrect. If you want to know anything about Beswick horses this book is of no use at all
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