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But he is best known as a prolific modeller of horses (he created more than 130 different equine models) while his reproductions of champion stock were particularly admired in the farming community which became an important market for the factory.
Realism and accuracy were key to their appeal: as the desirable characteristics of Hereford cattle changed over time so did Gredington's models of the breed. Lesser known breeds, such as Galloways, had shorter runs and consequently rank high on the most-wanted list.
The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme.
Established in 1894 at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent by James Wright Beswick and his sons John and Gilbert, the Beswick Pottery first made its name producing affordable tablewares and ornaments.
Robert Allen and artists in his studio were often allocated RA-numbers for their hand-painted wares designed and decorated by them.
The RA numbers are mostly hand-written and accompany the standard Doulton marks.
More recently in 2005, a company called John Sinclair (Sheffield) Ltd have been producing pieces carrying the Beswick name.
The cheap and cheerful table and ornamental wares that were Beswick's stock-in-trade for so many years remain very affordable.
Robert Allen handpainted wares were never produced in large quantities and many were never repeated.