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.
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 Minkins Series A – Cats and Rabbits produced from 1955-1958
Wade Minkins Series B – Bull, Cow, Mouse and Rabbit produced from 1956-1958
Wade Minkins Series C – Dog, Donkey, Fawn and Pelican produced from 1957-1958
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 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.