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Q: I have some framed three-dimensional wax caricature plaques “Christmas at Wardles, Dear Mr. Pickwick”, “Whist at Wardles, Humorous Mr. Pickwick.” These have been in my family for over 100 years. My great grandfather bought them in England. They both have some damage to the wax due to their age they have wear and tear. Can you provide any information on these plaques?
A: These were called “Ivorex” plaques which is basically a plaster casting which is then painted with watercolors and coated with a thin layer of wax. A number of companies produced these but the primary two were “B Osborne Company” who produced Osborne Ivorex and “W H Bossons” produced Bosson’s Ivorex. Both were based in England.
The Osborne Company was in operation from 1899 to 1965 and during this period the company produced hundreds of different designs. When the company closed in 1965, Bosson purchased a number of their molds and began production. It is reported that they also took some of the unsold inventory, reworked it and sold it under the “Bosson’s Ivorex” label.
If your pieces do not have a label or tag to indicate who made them it is very difficult for me to determine if they were made by one of these two companies or a totally different company.
As for resale value each of the plaques would sell for $150-$175 if in perfect condition.
You mentioned that the condition is not mint so any resale value would be reduced based on the degree of damage.
note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about ½ or less of resale value.