Each figure is part of a larger series; for example, the peregrine falcon (above) is part of the larger Endangered North American Animal Series. The koala bear and parrot belong to the U.S. Animal Series #2 (1985-1996), which does not mean they are native to the United States, simply that they specifically produced this series for the American market. I’m not sure which collection the tiger belongs to. There is a tiger in the circus collection (below), but the base is
These six also belong to the U.S. Animal Series #2, of which there are twenty total. Pictured are an orangutan, giraffe, rhinoceros, camel, zebra, and gorilla. These common fellows sell for about $1-3 each, but prices can go very high for rare, older ones.
These four whimsies belong to the Circus Figurine Collection, along with eleven others, including a ringmaster, weight lifter, and two clowns. Red Rose distributed these from 1994-1999. You can read on the base of the elephant and the bear, “WADE ENGLAND,” the mark you want to see.
Four more pieces belonging to the Circus Figurine Collection, which can be easily identified by the base, round discs with circus style decoration. On the base of the second monkey, you can see the “WADE” mark.
Here’s a closer look at the mark.
Other Wade series include, Pet Shop Friends (2005-2008) and Noah’s Ark (2002-2006). For those interested in purchasing some Wades, check out Janet’s Wade Whimsie Collectibles, an Etsy store, or the Red Rose Tea website, which provides Wade info and photos, along with a store. And check out this great eBay guide: Wade Figurines Buying Guide.
I rescued all of the whimsies you see in this post (plus several others) from a “free” box at a recent garage sale, much to my and my daughter’s great pleasure. She has inherited her mother’s fascination for these wonderful collectibles. I suppose putting one or two in her Christmas stocking every year didn’t hurt! Wade’s make a perfect introductory level collectible because they can be found “out in the wild” so cheaply–often for a quarter. Even at antique stores, they rarely cost more than $2.00, in fact, that’s what I charge when I have them in stock. I hope you enjoyed learning about Wade Whimsies today–a charming little collectible.
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