Wade Whimsies, part 2


I have written about Wade porcelain figurines previously. Wikipedia also has a nice entry about them.

When I was young, you used to get little toys and gifts in different products.

  • little puzzles and toys in boxes of cereal
  • little porcelain animals – Wade Whimsies in Roses Tea
  • little charms in coffee (you could send away for a charm bracelet to put them on)
  • different things under the caps of glass Coca Cola bottles. You would usually then stick them onto a collector’s card and send it away when it was full to receive a voucher.

There was lots of trading done in the playground at school, with everyone after the rarities.

My family still collect Wade Whimsies and have so many different kinds. I have a couple of cats in my printer’s tray but the rest of my collection went to my cousins.

Even now, when I find unusual ones at flea markets I send them photos to see who needs them for their collection. It is nice to share in the hobby with my loved ones even though we are literally half a world away from each other.

When they originally came as little gifts in tea boxes, there was a limited range of about a dozen animals. I have discovered, however, that there is a huge range of figurines, in different series. For example, Noah’s Ark!

And these (from a now-defunct eBay shop called Valuable Wade Figurines)



My cousin has this book, which shows every item ever made, and in all the colourways.

This summer and autumn I have found some nice ones for my family, at very low prices.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

One thought

  1. The joy of discovering new figurines, especially the unusual ones, must be quite thrilling. It’s such a unique and charming hobby. The fact that you’re able to connect with your loved ones through this, despite the distance, is truly special.

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