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Posted 1 year ago

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vetraio50
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Small is beautiful!

The shed is full!
What can I do?
A hoarder's last ditch stand!
Buy small!

With these thoughts in mind I have been out looking for the smaller object. This little "Whimsy" caught my eye at the Salvo's. Not cheap but it has some appeal. The original price was two shillings and six pence (2/6)!

The original company George Wade & Son Limited was founded in 1810. They produced industrial ceramics - insulators and "to meet the growing demand for Industrial Ceramics a new company, Wade (Ireland) Limited, was formed in Northern Ireland in 1947 and the combination of fresh ideas with solid experience has proved highly successful."
http://www.teleramics.com/makers/wade.html

Tough stuff, Wade!
Durable!
Wade was a Family Company. After World War II the company chairman Sir George Wade kept the plants alive by diversifying into cheap ceramic collectibles. In 1953 the first series of Wade Whimsies appeared on the market: "a miniature set of porcelain figures. The company produced sets for most of the 1950s for retail sales, stopping in 1959, but continued producing them as premiums (see Red Rose below). In 1971 Wade again produced the figures for general sales, continuing until 1984."
http://collectibles.about.com/od/potterycompanies/p/wadeindex.htm

I have been going through a "Donkey Period" with the Italian Ciucci.
This is an Irish version.
There are actually two donkey figures: one happy and one sad. This is the cheerful one. He is called Cheerful Charlie and his sad mate is called Doleful Dan. Doleful Dan's ears are a bit floppy. A bit Disney-esque?

They were some of the first Wade Whimsies.
c. 4.4" high x 2.13" wide

The information on the net about Charlie suggests a variety of dates.
Can anyone clear the matter up?
(1948 - 1952 are the suggested dates)?

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  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago
    It does have a Disney feel to it. Love this little guy, but I can't help you out on the dates. Again very neat Donkey
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks KERRY10456 for the Love and Kind Comments!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    There's a great Wade resources file on the net:
    http://www.francisjoseph.org/wade%202.pdf

    The Wade Collector's Handbook!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    This is very very cute and love this very much:)!!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks SEAN for the Love and the Kind Comment!
  7. AmberRose AmberRose, 1 year ago
    Small shelf to add more small items. I like the "get around the hoarder label" direction you are going in.
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks LEAH, AMBER & NADIA too!
    Domestic Politics!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MSL, GARGOUILLE & PHIL too!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks TOM61375!
  11. tom61375 tom61375, 1 year ago
    You are very welcome vetraio50! =)
  12. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Love him..very cute!...:-)
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MIKELV, ALDO & INKY too!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks EYE4BEAUTÉ!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks CZECHMAN!
  16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Your very welcome Kevin:)
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks ANTIQUES-IN-NJ, MANIKIN, DON & COUSIN DIANA too!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks JAY. Before the GFC these were making very good money, nearly four times their current price. Sign of the times. One to put away for a wile!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks SMIATA!
  20. Zowie Zowie, 1 year ago
    Hi now Wade I have heard of, lucky find, you may have to get a bigger shed
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Zowie!
  22. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    I Have to say Kevin this is a cute little treat that you have found:)
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    You're right SEAN! He's weathered the years better than I.
  24. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    sweet:)!!!
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks NORDICMAN!
  26. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Hello Kevin , That is my other half "nordicman32":)and when I showed this to him a week ago he loved it very much:)!
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Now I know the name. Thanks Sean.
  28. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Your very welcome Kevin:)!
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN & SEAN too!
  30. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Your very welcome Kevin:)
  31. bratjdd bratjdd, 1 year ago
    Adorable!!!
  32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks again BRATJDD!
  33. Zowie Zowie, 1 year ago
    It is in really great shape at times it makes me wonder how these peices stay in such great shape over the years. Been awhile Kevin glad I got here I'll see if I can see more of your site. Themachine has to be nice to me first. Hows the fires going on the Hawksberry at the moment I hope they have put it out or it didn't get to far out of control. I hope it work out just like a burn out for new growth.
  34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks ZOWIE. The burning is really important. The traditional owners know how to deal with it all.
  35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks ZZEPPELIN!
  36. Zowie Zowie, 1 year ago
    They sure do Kevin I'm proud of my history it's just a shame when I was living in Sydney they didn't do or teach any of the things they do know but I get all the family history books which have there dialect on so forth, another learning. Now what else have you got
  37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Thanks MIkkO!
  38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
  39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    Many thanks BRATJDD!!!
  40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    Many thanks JEWELS!!!!!
  41. FanciGirl FanciGirl, 3 months ago
    So doggone cute, love it!
  42. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 months ago
    Many thanks FANCIGIRL !!!!!!
  43. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 months ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN !!!!!

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