Timmy Willie appears in "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse," book 13 in Beatrix Potter's 23 little book series.
This mint condition figurine has a BP-11a backstamp.
For new collectors, backstamps on porcelin figurines can be useful guides to date figurines. BP11 figurines carry a "John Beswick" signature instead of the word "Beswick" and were issued between 2001 and 2002 when Beatrix Potter Beswick figurine production ceased.
From 1948 until 2002, Beswick and Royal Albert companies made high-quality porcelain figurines of Beatrix Potter characters. J. W. Beswick, was a pottery manufacturer, founded in 1894 by James Wright Beswick and his sons John and Gilbert in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. In 1969, the John Beswick Ltd business was sold to Doulton & Co. Ltd. The factory closed in 2002 and the John Beswick brand was sold in 2004.
Beatrix Potter was a beloved writer, painter, scientist, sheep farmer, business woman and generous benefactor. Her first little book, Peter Rabbit, she published herself as her story was rejected by several publishers. She lived in a life sized dollhouse and every object in her home meant something to her.