Tom Kitten is the main character of book 8, "The Tale of Tom Kitten" in Beatrix Potter's 23 little book series.
This is a mint condition Royal Albert figurine but it does not have a crown on its backstamp.
For new collectors, backstamps on porcelin figurines can be useful guides to date figurines. BP6 figurines have "Royal Albert" and brown crowns and were issued between 1989 and 1998.
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.
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