We are delighted to include the Beswick model ‘Spirit of Whitfield’ in our September Fine Art Sale. Spirit of Whitfield is a model of Kruger, the last pit pony to work at Whitfield Colliery, Kruger was retired in 1931. Graham Tongue produced this model of Kruger at Beswick to commemorate the opening of the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum and the New Pit on October 13th 1987. There are only thought to be four models ever produced of this rare piece of Beswick, the production run being so limited that the Beswick factory never allocated the piece a model number. The first model was presented to H.R.H. Princess Royal on her visit to Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. This example has not seen the light of day for many decades. The owner, realising its significance kept this Beswick pony buried in a safe underground until being brought in to our salerooms to be included in our September 13th -14th Fine Art Sale.
This is the second copy of this model to be offered for sale at Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers LLP, the other copy was sold in April 2005 for £8,500.