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Beswick figurines - Rupert and his Friends - Collectibles and Gifts

I love collecting things, especially figurines, which makes my home look interesting or somewhat cluttered, depending on your viewpoint.

Beswick Figurines - Rupert and His Friends: These Collectables Would be Great Gift Ideas

On this web page about Rupert and his Friends, Beswick Figurines, I am showing you my beloved collection of Rupert figurines which I am intending to sell, featuring Rupert the Bear, Rupert with Satchel, Rupert Bear, Algy Pug and Pong Ping (not Ping Pong as I used to think) . There is also a Rupert Annual 1958 and a Rupert Annual 1991. These vintage figurines and annuals are valuable and very collectable.

As well as photographs of the figurines themselves, the backstamps are shown, for the benefit of collectors.

Rupert the Bear

Rupert Bear is Probably the Most Famous Teddy Bear of All Time

I love Rupert -- To know him is to love him! If it weren't for the fact that I love Alice in Wonderland more, Rupert Bear would be my favourite.

If you want to buy any of these figurines or any of the other items from me using PayPal secure payment site, you will need to contact me Diana Grant - Glorious Confusion .

Beswick Rupert the Bear Figurine Designed by Harry Sales

Designer: Harry Sales

He stands 4.15", 10.8 cm high and wears yellow checked trousers and scarf and a red top

Beswick No 2694

Issued between 1980 -1986

Beswick Rupert the Bear

Beswick Rupert the Bear Backstamp - Rupert and his Friends -

All Beswick figurines have backstamps to identify them


In the Beswick Rupert and his Friends Series, each figurine had its own backstamp and there were no variations to the figurines, so it is quite straightforward to identify them.

Rupert the Bear:

£225.00 Plus £2.99 Postage if in the UK Pay by Paypal

or $338.00 plus postage - please contact me - on my Bio Page - Glorious Confusion.

Rupert the Bear Backstamp

Beswick Figurine Rupert and his Friends : Bill Badger - Style One - Beswick Bill Badger, Rupert and his Friends Series was designed by Harry Sales

You can buy him using PayPal secure payment site contact me: Diana Grant - Glorious Confusion

Designer: Harry Sales

2.75", 7.0 cm

Beswick No 2720

Gloss

Style One

1981-86

Bill Badger

Bill Badger Backstamp - Beswick - Rupert and his Friends series

I'm only showing the backstamps because collectors like to see them

If you are not a collector, don't get bored,

just move on, as I know you will.


Bill Badger (Style 1):

£250.00 Plus £2.99 Postage if in the UK Pay by Paypal

or $375.00 plus postage - please contact me- on my Bio Page - Glorious Confusion.

Bill Badger Backstamp

Beswick Rupert and his Friends Series - Algy Pug - Rupert and his Friends Series

You can buy him using PayPal secure payment site

Designer: Harry Sales

4", 10.1 cm

Beswick No 2694

Issued between 1981-86

Beswick Algy Pug Backstamp - Rupert and his Friends Series

OK - boring, boring - just scroll on down

Algy Pug:

£200 Plus £2.99 Postage if in the UKPay by Paypal

or $300 plus postage - please contact me - on my Bio Page - Glorious Confusion

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The Most Important Thing is ******DON'T DROP IT!*******

A BROKEN BESWICK FIGURINE IS NOT A PRETTY SIGHT, AND THE VALUE WILL CRASH TOO.

But don't throw it away, because if it is carefully mended, it still retains some value, and still looks good from a distance!

Beswick figurine - Rupert with his Friends Series - Rupert With Satchel

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No. 422 of 2,000

Modeller: Martyn Alcock

5", 12.7 cm

Commissioned by Doulton-Direct

Beswick No. 4002

Issued in 2000 as a Limited Edition of 2,000

This figurine is larger than the others and, sadly, being more recent, is not as valuable

Rupert With Satchel - Back View

Backstamp Beswick Rupert With Satchel - Rupert and his Friends

Just keep rolling!

I know a Rupert with Satchel backstamp isn't fun, but, believe-it-or-not, it is supremely important to collectors,who will be avidly poring over this web-page, considering every nuance of the backstamps, possibly even using a magnifying glass.

Rupert With Satchel (limited edition):

£175 Plus£2.99 Postage if in the UKPay by Paypal

or $263.00 plus postage - please contact me on my Bio Page - Glorious Confusion

Backstamp - Rupert With Satchel

Beswick Figurine Pong Ping, Rupert and His Friends Series, was Designed by Harry Sales

You can buy him using PayPal secure payment site - contact me Diana Grant - Glorious Confusion

Designer: Harry Sales

4.15", 10.8 cm

Beswick No 2694

Issued between 1981-1986

Pong Ping:

£200 Plus £2.99 Postage if in the UK. Pay by Paypal

or $300 plus postage

Pong Ping

Pong Ping Backstamp - Beswick Figurine Rupert and His Friends series

Here we go again -

This is almost the last one:

Pong Ping Backstamp

Beswick Figurine - Rupert Bear - Rupert and His Friends Series is from a Limited Edition of 1,920

You can buy him using PayPal secure payment site - contact me Diana Grant - Glorious Confusion

NB There are two figurines with similar names. The one above is "Rupert Bear", not to be confused with "Rupert the Bear" - get it right, because it affects the value!

No. 753 of 1,920

Modeller: Martyn Alcock

5.75", 14.6 cm

Commissioned by Lawleys by Post

Beswick No. - None

Rupert Bear

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Backstamp Rupert Bear - Beswick Rupert and his Friends series

Right, this is the final backstamp, so you can relax now

Note that this Rupert Bear figurine is numbered 753 of the Limited Edition of 1,920 - each one had a different number, which is why the number is hand-written instead of stamped on the back


Rupert Bear (limited edition):

£65.00 Plus £2.99 Postage if in the UK Pay by Paypal

or $98.00 plus postage - please contact me - on my Bio Page - Glorious Confusion

Rupert Bear Backstamp

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Rupert Cartoon Strips and Rupert Annuals

Vintage Childrens's Books and Annuals are very collectable

The First Rupert Story appeared in the Daily Express issue on 8th November 1920

In the 1920s The Express decided to follow the vogue for children's cartoons in British newspapers.

They appointed Mary Tourtel, the wife of one of their sub-editors to write and illustrate stories and Rupert the little bear was born - he first appeared in the Daily Express issue of 8th November 1920 with two drawings appearing each day above a short text of story.

Her husband, Herbert Tourtel, also played a part ,writing the verses which appeared with the drawings.

Mary Toutel continued to draw Rupert until 1935, when her eyesight began to fail. Her successor was artist and magazine illustrator Alfred Bestall who continued to produce the Rupert pictures and stories for thirty years until he retired in 1965 when Alex Cubie took the reins as illustrator for a short while with the stories being written by Freddie Chaplain. John Harrold began illustrating Rupert in 1980 and continued until 2007 when Stuart Trotter took over.

Interior Pages of a Rupert Bear Annual

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During the War, the Rupert Cartoons Still Appeared Every Day

The Rupert stories took place in the idyllic English countryside where the War was never allowed to intrude, a haven of normality in a chaotic world, which was good for public morale. Alfred Bestall wrote inventive stories that fascinated children, and he slightly changed Rupert's look.

The first Annual was published in 1936, containing a collection of the Rupert stories printed in the Express during the previous year. Like the daily cartoon, the Rupert Annual continued throughout the War, in large paperback format and hard covers were brought back only in 1952.

Nowadays, even facsimiles are collectable and sell at a good price. A copy of the first annual in good condition would sell for well over £1,000 and with the extremely rare dust cover, would fetch much more. The early editions up to about 1945 go for £100-200, whilst more recent annuals, from about 1970 onwards, sell for just a few pounds.

Rupert Annual

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And Here is my Rupert Annual 1958

It's not in the best of condition

A very old 1958 Rupert Annual, noticeably used by its owner, but clean - Not good condition - spine torn and part missing,Boards clean but torn in one place, inside cover has come away from spine, so interior is loose, owners name and scribbles and writing on contents page and title page and back page, and on some puzzle pages, back page torn out, some scribbles or defacing on several internal pages, including 1 page with a bit cut out and another with a bit torn out

Contents:

  • Rupert and the Water-Lily
  • Rupert's Paper Frog
  • Rupert's Name Puzzle
  • Rupert and the New Bonnet
  • Rupert's Flower Game and Puzzle
  • Rupert's Matchbox Sledge
  • Rupert and the Ice-Flowers
  • Rupert's Stamp Puzzle
  • Rupert and the Spring Adventure
  • Rupert's Paper Water-Lily
  • Rupert's Frog Race
  • Rupert and the Train Journey
  • Rupert's £200 Colouring Contest
  • Solutions to Puzzles

If you are interested in buying my 1958 Rupert Annual, or would like to see other Annuals, please contact me.

£25.00 Plus £2.99 Postage if in the UK

or $38.00 plus postage - please contact me- on my Bio Page - Glorious Confusion.

Rupert Annual 1958

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Are you Young Enough to Have Read Rupert When the Annuals First Came Out? - Do you collect anything related to Rupert? The Rupert Annual pictured is No. 56, 199

Rupert Bear was originally created in 1920 by Mary Tourtel. The first Rupert Annual had drawings by Alfred Bestall and was published in 1936 by Express Newspapers, who continued printing cartoons and illustrated stories until 1973.

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Have Your Say Here - Did you collect Rupert figurines or read Rupert Books? You can ask me questions either here, or by going to my Bio Page

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 05, 2013:

@goldenrulecomics: Thanks - yes, they are so appealing

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on June 04, 2013:

We don't have any figurines, but my wife is a big Rupert fan and has many of the annuals. We even visited the Rupert museum when we lived in England! Nicely done lens!

Carol from Arkansas on January 13, 2013:

I was delighted to find your lens about Rupert! While I was born and raised in the U.S., my mother was born and raised in London. As a child, periodically we would receive a Rupert annual and we just loved them! Unfortunately my mother gave most of them away but I know I have at least one up in the attic. Gotta go hunting! Thanks so much for bringing to mind a lovely childhood memory.

anonymous on November 17, 2012:

I used to watch Rupert on television when I was growing up and had completely forgotten about his existence. What cute little collectibles these Beswick Rupert and Friends figurines are!

greenlungsofpoland on November 17, 2012:

Some really nice Beswick figures here! Having lived in the Potteries for several years! I can appreciate a nice piece of Beswick :)

BestRatedStuff on October 26, 2012:

You have a wonderful collection.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 26, 2012:

@RhondaAlbom: Thanks for the blessing. I don't suppose I would have seen Beswick either, were it not for the fact that I was given one as a present when I was a child

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on October 26, 2012:

I have never seen beswick before, cute. Love your advice - don't drop them :)

Great collection. Blessed.

bechand on August 27, 2011:

way cool - you should keep them !

LeopoldBlatt on August 21, 2011:

This is beautiful. You make me want to be a collector of such amazing artifacts. Enjoyed it. Going to look at the Beatrix one now. Thank you.

FarmerTom on July 06, 2011:

Rupert and his friends are delightful--and (I'm embarrassed to say) completely new to me. Thanks for a lovely lens.

sidther lm on March 04, 2011:

I have a Rupert somewhere, safe and sound! It was so nice to see these again, it has been too long! Very nice lens!