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Q: My ceramic angelfish is a little over an inch high. It’s gray with a blue base and is embossed on the bottom “Wade, England.” When was it made?

Q: My ceramic angelfish is a little over an inch high. It’s gray with a blue base and is embossed on the bottom “Wade, England.” When was it made?

A: The Wade Group of Potteries was founded in 1810 near Burslem, Staffordshire, England. Your fish is one of the “Wade Whimsies,” little figurines no more than 2 1/8 inches tall. Over 100 different Whimsies were made. The first were little animal figurines, sold from 1954 to 1958 in sets of five or four to a box. Ten different sets were made. During the 1960s, Whimsies were made only as promotional items. Best-known are the figurines given away with Red Rose Tea and other products. Another 12 sets of animal figurines were made from 1971 to 1984. Your angelfish is part of Set Nine, made in 1978 as part of the second series of Whimsies. Whimsies are popular with children and teen-age collectors. Each Whimsy sells for about $5 to $15.

 

 

 

 


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