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Wade Minikins information and price guide

The Wade Minikins  were issued by the Wade Pottery company from 1955 to 1958 in three series. They were modelled by William Harper, who also modelled figurines and character jugs for Royal Doulton. The models measured at most 1.5 inches and were made in white glaze.

Wade Minikins Cow from Series B which was issued 1956-1958. The Minkin shows the Motif, colour of ears and eye design.
Wade Minikins Cow from Series B which was issued 1956-1958. The Minkin shows the Motif, colour of ears and eye design. Estimate £4-£5 / $5-$7.

They were then decorated in different ways including decorative motifs on their bodies, different eye expressions, and ear styles. So the same piece could appear in many different variations.

Wade Minikins Series C Donkey 1957-1958
Wade Minikins Series C Donkey 1957-1958. Sold for £14.99 / $17 on ebay, July 2021.

Wade Minkins Series A – Cats and Rabbits produced from 1955-1958
Wade Minkins Series B – Bull, Cow, Mouse and Rabbit produced from 1956-1958

Wade Minikin Mouse examples from Series B 1956-1958
Wade Minikin Mouse examples from Series B 1956-1958. The variations show motifs including Musical Notes, L plate, Spot and Daisy; ear colours including red, yellow and green; and large black eyes and single dot eyes. Sold as part of a set on ebay for £69.80 / $80, May 2022.

Wade Minkins Series C – Dog, Donkey, Fawn and Pelican produced from 1957-1958

Wade Minikin Rabbits
Wade Minikin Rabbits including Narrow-Eared Rabbit from Series B, and Rabbit from Series. Sold as part of a set on ebay for £69.80 / $80, May 2022.

The variations made for 48 different designs in each set, and the Wade Minikins were sold to retailers in boxes of 48. They were initally priced at 1/- (1 old penny).

wade minikins collection showing various examples from the front
Wade Minikins Collection Showing Various Examples From The Front. This collection sold for £140 / $165 at Potteries Auctions, July 2021.
wade minikins collection showing various examples from the back
Wade Minikins Collection Showing Various Examples From The Back

Wade Minikins information and price guide

The figures in Series C were only produced for 1 year so are slightly rarer and one point used to sell at fairs for around £15. Although prices have decreased, collectors continue to seek out certain varieties, which can still fetch between £5 and £8. With lots that include larger quantities prices can go down to around £3 per Minikin. Included in this feature are a number of sold examples with a price guide / value guide with realised auction prices.

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