PenDelfin rabbits & figures

PenDelfin is a company specializing in handcrafted and handpainted stoneware bunnies and figures based in Burnley, Lancashire, England. It had a very large fan-club (the PenDelfin Family Circle, closed in March 2013) which covered Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.

PenDelfin was started in the Pendle Hill area of Burnley. This area of England is where Jean Walmsley Heap (1921-2008) and Jeanie Todd (??-1974) first met at an exhibition of the Burnley Artist's Society. They were the founders of PenDelfin, the renowned rabbit family, born in the shadow of the legendary "Witches Hill" Pendle whose folk lore first inspired them. Jean and Jeanie became very close friends and in 1953 their combined talents resulted in the creation of the very first Pendelfin, a deep relief wall plaque. Their first PenDelfin rabbits were created as a hobby in Jeannie's garden hut, to produce gifts for their friends and family. Their enthusiasm had been fire and soon their hobby had grown into a full time vocation.

pendelfin rabbits

They each contributed a share in the "capital" (about five pounds) and would never then have believed that they had produced a line of Pendelfin collectible figurines that would be sought after worldwide. What once started as a hobby for making presents for family and friends, quickly gained worldwide fame. PenDelfin got the name from a famous hill near Burnley called Pendle Hill, which is famous for tales of witches and ghouls. As a result the first model produced by the company was named the 'Pendle Witch' and is created in a small wooden hut in the back garden of Jeannie Todd's house.

PenDelfin models are made in durable stone-based compound, an excellent medium for reproducing their superbly detailed modelling. They are hand painted in the finest quality artist's colours, changeless and fadeless in all normal temperatures.

Pendelfin bunnies

Each rabbit figure is produced entirely by hand and is the work of skilled craftsmen. The painting by special trained artists is only one of the many processes needed to produce the perfect PenDelfin model.

It is a gradual process of shading, tinting, and highlighting, colour painting and decorating, before a final coat of varnish can be added and they can be boxed in their familiar turquoise and black boxes and distributed all over the world.

All the bunnies (designed by Heap and Roberts) were developed with specially thought out history and characters in mind, including a mother, father, youngsters, aunts, uncles and many others, especially those who were particularly musically oriented. The figurines also inspired bookends, as well as a whole village as a backdrop for displaying them. A particularly popular character created by Heap was called 'Little Thrifty', who first emerged in the Children's Corner of the Burnley Building Society and became a center of many stories meant to inspire children to save their money.

List

Below is the first ten years of Pendelfin production, from 1953 to 1963. Most are worth a considerable amount of money, hence these are probably the most collectable of Pendelfin items today.

TypeNameSizeIntroduced
Wall plaqueThe Pendle Witch20.4cm1953 - 1957
FigureTipsy Witch11cm1953 - 1959
OrnamentalCauldron Witch11cm1953 - 1959
Wall plaquePixie House20.4cm1953 - 1958
Wall plaqueOld Meg Plaque20cm1953 - 1954
Wall PlaqueThe fairy Shop (3D Picture)40x20cm1954 - 1958
LampRheingold LampUnknown1954 - 1958
OrnamentalFairy Jardinière13cm1954 - 1958
OrnamentalDragon Ring Candle Holders10cm dia1954 - 1958
Rabbit FamilyFather Rabbit - Dungaree20cm1955 - 1960
FigureOld Adam12.5cm1955 - 1956
FigureDesmond Duck11cm1955 - 1958
FigureDaisy Duck11cm1955 - 1958
FigureBobbin Woman - only 2 made11.5cm1955 - 1958
Miniature AHerald wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature AScrooge wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature AWitch wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature APhynnodderee wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature AFlying Witch wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature AThe Bellman wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature AElf wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature AToper wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature ABalloon Woman wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Miniature AStanding Witch wall figure7.5cm1955 - 1956
Wall plaqueShaggy Dog12.5cm1955 - 1958
Rabbit FamilyMother Rabbit - 4 versions20cm1956 - 1978
Wall plaqueManx Kitten9cm1956 - 1958
Miniature BTom the Pipers Son11.5cm1956 - 1959
Miniature BMiss Muffet11.5cm1956 - 1959
Miniature BLittle Bo Peep11.5cm1956 - 1959
Miniature BMary Mary Quite Contrary11.5cm1956 - 1959
Miniature BWee Willie Winkie11.5cm1956 - 1959
Miniature BLittle Jack Horner11.5cm1956 - 1959
Rabbit FamilyRobert11.5cm1956 - 1967
Rabbit FamilyMidge (1,2 or 3 crumbs)7.5cm1956 - 1965
Rabbit FamilyMargot9cm1956 - 1967
FigureTammy Puppy7.5cm1957 - 1987
Wall FigureRomeo and Juliet20cm1957 - 1959
OrnamentalRabbit book-ends11.5cm1958 - 1965
Rabbit FamilySnuggles9cm1958 -  
Rabbit FamilyWakey9cm1958 - 2003
Rabbit FamilyCha Cha7.5cm1959 - 1961
Rabbit FamilyUncle Soames20cm1959 - 1985
Rabbit FamilyRocky12.5cm1959 - 1978
Rabbit FamilyFather Rabbit - Kipper tie20cm1960 - 1970
AccessoriesModel stand - Rabbit24cm1960 - 1967
AccessoriesModel stand - Pendelfin24cm1960 - 1967
Rabbit FamilyLucy Pocket10cm1960 - 1967
Rabbit FamilyGussie7.5cm1960 - 1968
Rabbit FamilyShiner10cm1960 - 1967
Rabbit FamilyMegan the Harp10cm1960 - 1967
Rabbit FamilySqueezy8cm1960 - 1967
FigureDog with Scarf + Beret11cm1960 - 1962
AccessoriesGrandstand35cm1961 - 1969
Mouse FamilyMother Mouse (grey/brown)11cm1961 - 1966
Mouse FamilyFather Mouse (grey/brown)11cm1961 - 1966
Mouse FamilyLollipop Mouse (grey/brown)11cm1961 - 1966
FigureCornish Prayer10cm1962 - 1965
Rabbit FamilyTwins10cm1962 - 2003
FigurePooch9cm1962 - 1987
Rabbit FamilyAunt Agatha20cm1963 - 1965
FigureCyril the Squirrel17.5 cm1963 - 1965

Pendelfin valuation

I recommend buying one of the collectors guides on Pendelfin figures on Amazon:

Updated: 12 March 2020

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What's your Pendelfin worth? Here are some recently sold items.

Picture Title Date Price
pendelfin aunt agatha scarce extremely collectable Pendelfin Aunt Agatha Scarce Extremely Collectable... 12/2020 £205.00
rare pendelfin large light blue dungaree father Rare Pendelfin Large Light Blue Dungaree Father... 02/2021 £174.99
pendelfin rabbit bunny figurines england of 16 Pendelfin Rabbit Bunny Figurines England Of 16... 01/2021 £111.79
pendelfin stoneware rabbits orchard burnley boxed Pendelfin Stoneware Rabbits Orchard Burnley Boxed... 02/2021 £115.00
pendelfin stoneware rabbit little brave in teepee Pendelfin Stoneware Rabbit Little Brave In Teepee... 12/2020 £119.00
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Comments (21)
Paula - April 25, 2021
I have an early father (I think). My father bought it for my mother when he was courting her and they got married in 1958 so it’s definitely pre-58. The thing is it’s not a blue colour it’s a sort of dull raspberry red. Any ideas? I would really appreciate some advice on this. I do not wish to keep it But nor do I wish to let it go for nothing. Hubby and I are selling up and down sizing owing to my health. I can send a picture if you would like to see. Best wishes Paula
Hi Paula, I'm sorry, I can't help you with this at the moment. It could be your piece has been discolored through the years, that usually happens with red. Best is to search eBay to see if you can find yours. You wrote you have an 'early father', so maybe try here: Pendelfin Father.
Elen - February 18, 2021
I have a Pendelfin from the 1990s (I think!) playing a gold tuba. He is wearing red trousers. Is he a version of the older figure 'Cha Cha' or does he have a different name? Is he rare? I can't find him anywhere. Thanks!
I'm sorry, I have no idea.
Kathy - February 12, 2021
I have a collection of pendelfin rabbits. How do I go about selling them other than on eBay.
Maggie - November 4, 2020
I have a pendelfin rabbit called Jack with a snowman and have been unable to find it’s value, any ideas please. Also have original box and packaging.
Sorry, I can't find it either. For value you probably just have to look at similar Jack the Rabbit Pendelfin figures.
Karl - September 16, 2020
Hi I have a robins cave night light but no adapter. Is there a way of buying one or it there one on the market that I could use? Thank you in advance.
I have no idea, sorry! You could have a look here to see if you can find another one for parts: Pendelfin Cave.
Martin - July 1, 2020
I am writing to inquire haw the best way to sell my Moms collection of about 200 pendefin rabbits that she has collected over 36 Years.
Usually through eBay but you could also try to find Facebook groups where collectors gather and sell and buy their collectibles.
Jim - June 23, 2020
I inherited a large collection of Pendelfin figurines and related items from my Mom...we had the pleasure of visiting with a Pendelfin distributor in Estes Park CO last year...learned a lot of history of Pendelfin and had a very enjoyable visit as well!!...
Wil - June 5, 2020
I am looking for information regarding the current prices of Pendelfin figurines. My wife built up a sizeable collection over 30 years. Now that she has passed on I would like to divide the collection equitably among our four granddaughters.
I'm afraid you have to look them up on eBay to find recent prices.
Elisabeth - March 12, 2020
Hi, I have a Pendelfin "Twins" with blue blanket and pillow. on the headboard of the bed it is Marked “Made in England” J.VK at the end of the bed (or Jvh, similar) This is the first piece I have seen with had initials on it. Whose initials are they?
Could it be 'JWH' from Jean Walmsley Heap? She was the founder of Pendelfin. Some older pieces have her signature but usually it's the full name, no initials. Maybe look Pendelfin Twins to see if you can find the same you have.
Joanne - February 23, 2020
I have quite an extensive pendelfin collection. I'm trying to downsize because I'm getting older and I have no one to leave it to. I live in the United States and I'm just wondering where I can possibly sell them
I have no idea... sorry! It can be quite a hassle to sell them all I guess. I would try eBay or Craigslist. Or try to determine which pieces have the most value, sell those and give the rest to charity.
Linda - October 3, 2019
I have a snail that says its a pendelfin is it?
Could be! Check these images on Google.
Amy - September 28, 2019
I have what looks like a pendelfin lying down pony, I bought it with 2 other sleeping pendelfin rabbits, it is very unusual but I can't find another anywhere else
I've searched high and low but I can't find a pony either... Maybe it's not a pony or not by Pendelfin?
Dave - August 31, 2019
My mother has just died and she has a huge collection of Pendelfin figures ( around 250 pieces ) - the house has to be cleared after its sold and I have no place to store these items ( all now back in original boxes ) - is there any dealers who would buy them as a job lot ?
I am sorry, I don't know. If you have an eBay account, I would try that.
Cindy - June 23, 2019
I have a pewter Barney charm that my boss gave to me in 1984. I don't know what year it came out. Can you give me any information on it please and value?Thank you.
Not sure, but you can look here for Pendelfin Barney to find some values.
Betty - December 8, 2017
I have a small collections of pendelfin rabbits made in England ,Included are two houses , COBBLE COTTAGE
The cobble cottage (brand new) fetched 375 USD a few days ago. If you want to see more values, click on the 'sold listings' link at the bottom of the description.
Susan - October 15, 2014
I have been collected Pendelfin rabbits for about 40 years. I used to get $10.00 from my Oma for my Birthday and I would go to the local Hallmark store and buy a rabbit. I have well over 100 and wish I could have more.
Nice collection Susan! Hope you'll have more in the future :-)
Kenneth - June 19, 2014
Does anyone know the value of a Pendelfin witch figure Aprox 1952-53
Try looking for Pendelfin witch on this website.
Manisha - December 2, 2010
i have got alot of pendelfin rabbit collection and i want to sell them for cash please can you tell me how i can do this.
You can try and sell them on eBay or through auctioneers in your area.
Peggy - November 27, 2010
Hi, i am looking for lucky who has a broken leg do you have it and what are you asking for it?
Unfortunately I haven't got one for sale... but if you search on this site for: Pendelfin Lucky you might find one.
Michelle - November 8, 2010
I have a huge collection of Pendelfin in like new condition, is there a website where I can get the approximate value?
Ken - September 9, 2010
Have approximately 15 pieces of Pendelfin in like new condition. Is there a web site that can give me an approximate value.