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The firing temperature needs to be high and so is expensive to produce.

The first firm to develop a reliable recipe was Spode in 1799. Germany, France and the rest of Europe stuck to their older, more traditional Chinese porcelain recipes (no animal bone).

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Unlike the easily copied potters marks used by other manufacturers, for example the crossed swords mark used by Meissen; the Sevres double L mark, or the Chelsea anchor mark.

Early Wedgwood works may be unmarked, but the presence of the correct mark is an indication that the piece is genuine and should allow you to determine its true age.

Albert Hallam also contributed with his talented skills when he joined Beswick at the age of 14 as apprentice mould maker eventually becoming head of mould making and modeller, creating butterflies, horses, dogs and cats modelled after Arthur Gredington's retirement including the Norwegian Fjord Horse, A very sort after piece today by collectors.

In 1948 the company began producing characters from the Beatrix Potter story books.

Bone china is a very pure white (whiter than standard European porcelain) and can be cast so thin as to be translucent, yet is still surprisingly chip resistant compared with lesser crockery like ironstone and earthenware.

Antique bone china was always expensive and difficult to work with.

It was John Beswick who first received the rights to reproduce the characters and 1997 marked the 50th year that Beswick and Royal Doulton had been producing Beatrix Potter figures.

The initial range produced in 1948 consisted of 10 figures.

James Wright Beswick founded his pottery business "J. Beswick" , in Longton, Stoke-on Trent, England in 1892. In that year the company was made a limited company called John Beswick Ltd.

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