Learn about Wade Pottery

The George Wade Pottery was founded in 1810 in Burslem, England and during this early time, produced mostly bottles and related pottery items, then in the early 19th century, ceramics needs for textile mills.

In the 1920s and 30's production of figurines with a new 'cellulose' finish were produced. However the new finish proved to turn yellow and peel off with age. At the onset of W.W.II, production of all non-essential ceramic items ceased.

In the early 1950s, George Wade Pottery re-introduced their retail line of pre-war animal figurines, in boxed sets of five, marketed as 'Whimsies', and were very successful. Between 1953 and 1959 Wade produced ten sets of Whimsies for retail sale with the last five sets each having a theme.

During the 1960's Wade produced a new set miniature animals to be included as 'one free', in each box of party crackers or tea bags. And again in 1971, due to their popularity, Wade introduced a new line of Whimsies for retail sale, consisting of 60 animals in twelve sets, which was marketed progressively over the next 13 years in groups of five. more...
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Ceramic Bonzo figure and seven Wade figures, of various different miniature animals.

Vintage glass horse motif dish, pink glass vase with Souvenir bowl and Wade commemorative dish (4)

Quimper figure group, onion bowl and two Wade plates (5)

Collection of Wade figures to include lady and the Tramp, approx 6 cm highand shorter

Collection of miniature Wade nursery rhythm figures, approx 10 cm highand shorter

Wade blue & white tea advertising jug for Ringtons

Tennis group, noted rare ticket for 1938 Davis cup Challenge round USA v Australia played in Philadelphia; c1950s-60s postcards/photos sold at Wimbledon (9), comprising Ken Rosewall, Ashley Cooper, Neale Fraser, Fred Stolle, Frank Sedgman, John Newcombe, L

Wade mantel vase. Empress pattern. Height 19 cm

Art Deco Wade figure 'Rhythm', c1920, modelled in trailing gown with out swept arms, marks to base

Set of 5 Wade 'Whimsies' porcelain miniatures in original box