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These are: birds (covering a wide range from comic models to wall plaques to the precise realism of the Peter Scott Wildfowl collection); cats and dogs (many of the champion breeds modelled by Gredington were in production for four decades); farm animals (the most popular collecting area); fish (sophisticated models that have proved vulnerable to damage); horses (there are over 150 different models and many colour variations from rocking horse grey to palamino) and wild animals (a vast range from the comical to the naturalistic).
Added to these are the surprisingly avant garde models by Colin Melbourne - the so-called CM series of the late 1950s - that have long polarised opinion in the collecting community.
Aided by a proliferation of books and guides and an enviably large collecting base that included a loyal following within nostalgic farming communities, prices saw a dramatic acceleration between 20.
Prices three times those paid a decade previously were not uncommon and collectors were prepared to overlook damage to acquire scarce models.
Arthur Gredington, who was appointed chief modeller in 1939, found inspiration across the animal kingdom from cats and kittens to butterflies and leaping fish.
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.
Ironically the more commercially successful the model the less valuable it will probably be (as a general rule, chestnut brown horse models are common and therefore not as expensive as others) but even among easy-to-find figures collectors will make distinctions.
Generally older models exhibit more mould detail and better colouring.
Also staples of today's Beswick collecting field are the storybook figures.
It is a reflection of collecting taste that the firm's range of 1950s wares, such as the Zebra pattern, will today command more attention than older pieces.