Wade Whimsical Collectables

Wade Whimsical Collectables

by Pat Murray


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This publication is the most complete and comprehensive guide to Wade Whimsies and other storybook characters and comic animals produced by the George Wade, Wadeheath and Irish Wade Potteries on the Market today. For ease of reference, Wade Whimsical Collectables have been divided into three primary sections: Figures produced by Wade for general issue (for example, The Happy Families or the English Whimsies sets), Event and membership exclusives (subdivided into specific fairs, events, or offers), and Commissioned models (featuring over 50 companies, including Red Rose Tea and Tom Smith models). Additionally, an updated index will assist readers in finding specific models.

Over 400 illustrations and 16 colour pages compliment the complete listings for each model, including size, colourways, backstamps, and date of issue. Accurate pricing in U.S. and Canadian dollars and U.K. sterling will assist collectors to determine the value of their collections.

Covering the range of Wade Whimsicals, no true Wade enthusiast will want to be without this updated fifth version.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889682818
Publisher: Charlton Press
Publication date: 01/20/2004
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.98(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.96(d)

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By the early 1950's, the Wade Potteries had filled the demand to replace industrial ceramics damaged in the war, and their was not sufficient work to keep the employees busy. This was when Sir George Wade decided to produce his now world—famous miniature animals the First Whimsies which he referred to as his pocket money toys. They first appeared in spring 1954 at the British Industries Fair. The miniatures were intended for school children, but they soon attracted the attention of adults and became very collectable.

Table of Contents

How to use this catalogue

Comic Animals and Birds
Happy Families
Leprechauns and Pixies
Novelty Animals and Birds
Storybook figures
Walt Disney Figures
Whimsies, 1954-1993
Miscellaneous Sets
Wade Fair and Events
Event Figures
The Official Int. Wade Collectors Club Models
(Complimentary Figures)
(Membership Exclusives)
(Commissioned Models)

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