Beswick Zorba 1960s
The pattern “Zorba” was designed by Graham Tongue in the late 1960’s at Beswick.
It also comes in a pale Olive Green colour, but this “mission brown” colour brings out the pattern much better I think. I like the shapes of the pieces in this range too – especially the cups.
Beswick also made some other great retro designs during this period including “Apollo” and “Orbit” – All very space age retro.
Royal Doulton took over the Beswick factory in 1969 and in 1975 Graham Tongue became the head modeller at the Beswick and added many new characters to their range of Figurines in the 1980’s.
The Beswick factory closed in 2003 and much of the Royal Doulton production was moved overseas, because it was no longer commercially viable.