I have read with interest the various comments about Thomas Kidd, but unless Im mistaken no-one has come up with a definitive response to Neil's earlier request for information about swans and fish. Could I offer a provocative suggestion.
Thomas Kidd was situated at Holt Town, from which we may deduce that they were not part of the Ancoats group of manufacturers: Molineaux Webb, Percival Vickers, Burtles Tate, and Andrew Ker. However the distance between Holt Town and Ancoats is only a few hundred meters. We also know that Joseph Kidd, the son of Thomas and Ann Kidd was company secretary at Percival Vickers in the late 1870's. Consequent upon his father's death Joseph seems to have transferred his allegiance to the family business and assumed a greater role over the following years. Thomas Kidd therefore would have had access to the working practices, supplier base and also skilled workforce enjoyed by their illustrious neighbours.
One of Molineaux Webb's iconic items is the flower trough in the form of a pike. This was registered on 14 July 1885, #29781. Normally seen in an opalescent blue or yellow the pike is less common found in a deep blue or green colour. It measures c26cms. Less common are two similar models of pike that are smaller: 14 and 18cms.
The two smaller sizes are unmarked and do not, to my knowledge appear in the opalescent colourways of their larger partners. Whilst the larger one of the two unmarked versions has fish scales that look identical to the large model, the smaller one is less detailed, although it is very well modelled. This latter point may not be significant as the close proximity of the two factories would have meant that they both had access to the same mould makers who would have had their own style and detail.
Could it be that one if not both of the smaller pike were actually made not by Molineaux Webb, but by Thomas Kidd?
nb I also have a couple of small swans that look for all the world like Burtles Tate's well known family. Could these also be made by Thomas Kidd?