|Mom's Wade Whimsies.|
These tiny treasures were created by George Wade Pottery in Burslem, England. The company began as a small shop in 1810 producing mostly bottles, pottery, as well as ceramics for industrial use. Later on, Wade began making Art Deco figurines, and then designs of various animals. Along the way, the company ran into obstacles concerning different moulds, colours, and glazes. Even World War 2 had on impact on the company. Ceramic production was limited to design for functionality only rather than a thing of beauty.
The ceramic small wonders were introduced to Canada by Red Rose in 1967 by offering them in their boxed-tea sold at a premium. In 1983, they were open to the U.S. market which saw their popularity rise even further.
On a more interesting note, because these mini-marvels had rough, unglazed, ridged markings on their undersides, they were used as strikers for matches in pubs and kitchens. I remember often colouring the bottoms with magic markers!
Wade whimsies are collectors’ items today and are still given away by Red Rose in some countries. Sadly, they are no longer offered in Canada with distribution coming to a halt in 1983. Not in Canada!?! What a pity!