Originally founded in 1810, Wade pottery is famous for the introduction of the very collectible Wade ‘Whimsies’ [miniature porcelain figurines originally conceived as pocket friends for children in the 1950s] and the almost as well known Wade whiskey Jugs, decanters and tankards. So children’s AND adult’s collectables!
This is a half-pint tankard; it was also made in a pint size; made to resemble a barrel, complete with gilt banding. Other Wade tankards have transfer prints of [rare] cartoon characters, and old fashioned cars [ubiquitous.] But for my money, the barrel tankards are the best.
The Wade backstamp marks this tankard as having been made in the 60s; since inception, the Wade backstamp changed constantly, and so is a reliable indicator of the pieces age. I’ve teamed the tankard with a book dedicated to England’s Greater Churches: I bet a couple of tankards found their way into a greater church…and made it an ever greater church!
Cheers! The tankard is in excellent vintage condition and is for sale: $AU15