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The factory closed in 2002 and the brand John Beswick was sold in 2004.Based at the Gold Street works in Longton, they originally produced tablewares and ornaments such as Staffordshire cats and dogs.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.
Antique bone china was always expensive and difficult to work with.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).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.