Dating Wade Marks

Keys to Dating Wade pottery and identifying Wade Marks

Wade is historically famous for the introduction of the very collectible Wade Whimsies and the, almost as well known but not as popular today, Wade Gurgle Jugs and Decanters.

Originally founded in 1810, today Wade Pottery produces branded decanters for Scots Whisky makers including Bells, Chivas Regal’s Royal Salute, Grouse, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet.

George WADE (1864-1938), was born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

Wade Decanter - Chivas Regal Royal Salute Blue

His father was a potters thrower and later became a manager.

George himself was educated at Nottingham University and eventually became Chairman of George Wade & Son Ltd.

The original Wade company manufactured ceramic products for the cotton industry as well as porcelain figures and groups.

In 1905 George Wade purchased the ceramics business of Henry Hallen of Wellington Street, Burslem and combined both businesses to form a new ceramics manufactory he called the Manchester Pottery.

George Albert Wade was born on July 19th 1891 to George Snr and his wife Marie Hart Wade.

Young George was only 2 years old when his older sister Daisy, died in 1893 leaving George an only child.

Wade Marks on Chivas Regal Decanter - Royal Salute Whisky

The Wade family eventually moved to Watlands Hall in Porthill, Burslem and George attended Wolstanton Board School and later the Newcastle-under-Lyme High School.

In 1905, George Albert Wade left school and joined the Wade family business just as his father acquired the Hallen business and the Manchester Pottery began operations.

George Wade & Son Ltd was based in the Manchester Pottery, manufacturing gas and electrical components and other industrial ceramics.

Over the years the Wade pottery companies and Wade Marks included:

George Wade & Sons Ltd: Manchester Pottery, Burslem, Staffordhire (1922 to )

Wade Figures Mark c1936
Wade Figures Mark. Printed Mark c1936
Wade Stag Mark with Made in England c1936
Wade Stag Mark with Made in England in script c1936
Wade Mark c1940s
Wade Mark used c1940’s
Wade Trade Mark with Owl c1947
Wade Trade Mark with Owl c1947
Wade England Mark c1945 into 1950s
Wade England Mark c1945 into 1950’s
Wade England Mark c1947 to 1953
Wade England Mark c1947 to 1953
Wade England Mark c1947 to 1955
Wade England Mark c1945 into 1950’s
Wade HARVEST Mark c1947 to c1955
Wade HARVEST Mark from c1947 to c1955
Wade Quack Quacks Mark c1947 to 1955
Wade Quack Quacks Mark by Robert Barlow from c1947 to mid c1950’s
Wade BRAMBLE Mark c1950 to c1955
Wade BRAMBLE Mark c1950 to c1955
Wade FESTIVAL Mark c1953
Wade FESTIVAL Mark c1953. Transfer printed
Wade CAMBRIDGE Mark c1950s and c1960s
Wade CAMBRIDGE Mark c1950’s and c1960’s
Wade Golden Turquoise Mark c1950s
Wade Golden Turquoise Mark c1950’s
Wade Emerald gold Mark c1950s
Wade Emerald gold Mark c1950’s

Wade Heath & Co. Ltd: High Street Works, Burslem, Staffordshire (1927 to 1938) and Royal Victoria Pottery: High Street Works, Burslem, Staffordshire (1938 to )

Wade Heath Marks c1934
Wade Heath mark with ENGLAND and Lion c1934
Wade Heath Wades Mark c1927
Wade Heath Wades England with Lion Mark c1927
Wade Heath Orcadia Ware Marks c1934
Wade Heath Orcadia Ware Marks with British Made c1934
Wade Heath Flaxman Marks 1936
Wade Heath Flaxman ware marks c1936
Wade Heath Disney Marks from c193g6
Wade Heath Walt Disney mark on Snow White and other figures from c1936
Wade Heath Marks on Flaxman pottery c1939
Wade Heath mark on Flaxman pottery c1939.
Wade Heath Marks from 1938 to 1950
Wade Heath marks c1938 to 1950
Wade Heath Marks from 1938 to 1950
Wade Heath marks c1938 to 1950
Wade Heath Marks c1942 to 1948
Wade Heath marks from c1942 to late 1940’s
Wade Heath Marks c1945
Wade Heath mark c1945
Wade Heath Marks 1937 to 1938
Wade Heath mark on Flaxman pottery c1937 to 1938
Wade Heath Flaxman Marks c1939
Wade Heath Flaxman Mark c1939. Flaxman can be missing.
Wade Heath GOTHIC Marks c1930 to 1950
Wade Heath GOTHIC Marks c1930 to 1950
Alternate Wade Heath GOTHIC Marks c1948 to 1954
Wade Heath marks with GOTHIC below c1948 to 1954
Wade Heath Handpainted Made in England Marks c1953
Wade Heath Handpainted Made in England Marks from c1953
Wade Royal Victoria Pottery Marks c1953
Wade Royal Victoria Pottery Marks c1953

Wade (ULSTER) Ltd: Ulster Pottery, Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland (1953 to )

Wade Ulster Mark 1953
Wade Ulster Porcelain impressed mark c1953
Wade Ulster Mark 1938 to 1950
Wade Irish Porcelain mark circa Oct 1953. Can be impressed or printed. Made in Ireland added from April 1954. Potters monogram in centre.
Wade Ulster Mark 1954
Wade Irish Porcelain Co. Armagh printed mark c1954
Wade Irish Porcelain Mark 1955
Wade Irish Porcelain mark c1955. Embossed mark with potters mark below

A Short Wade Potteries Chronology …

In 1927 George Snr retired. He died on New Years Day 1938 leaving the business to his son, George Albert Wade who was now Major Wade.

Col .George Albert Wade of Wade Potteries

Major Wade hired Jessie Hallen to work for him at the Manchester Pottery initially modelling garden gnomes for Carters seeds then porcelain flowers, animals and lady figures.

In 1930 Jessie Hallen was given her own department at Wades Manchester Pottery. She produced superb porcelain floral arrangements and lady figurines.

In 1931, Major George Albert Wade, became a director of both Wade Heath and A.J. Wade Ltd.

In 1933 Major Wade became Chairman of both companies despite being a relatively minor shareholder.

Jessie Hallen possessed superb modelling skills and George developed a flair for marketing. Together they made a formidable pair.

Wade secured the Disney licence for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which were modelled by Jessie Hallen.

Eventually Jessie Hallen had her own studios in all three Wade factories.

Wade Whimsie Lion figure from the 1990s Cat Collection

In late 1935, Wade Potteries Ltd was formed, merging both Wade Heath and AJ Wade Ltd.

George Wade was appointed Chairman and George Heath the Managing Director.

Wade Heath had been producing beautiful ceramic art ware known as Flaxman Ware in the Art Deco style.

Wade Heath also produced a Mickey Mouse figure and a toy Mickey Mouse tea set, which were both released in 1935.

In June 1937, George Heath died suddenly and Major George Wade assumed control of the Wade Potteries.

When the Second World War began Jessie Hallen left Wade, never to return.

Major George Wade was commissioned into the South Staffordshire Regiment.

Wade Whimsie - Grey Koala Bear figure circa 1976 from the Safari Park set

In 1940 Major Wade was promoted to Colonel and appointed to command the Birkenhead Garrison.

In 1945, at the end of the war industrial ceramics were in great demand.

Wade was prospering and in 1946 the Wade company expanded; buying an old mill in Bann, Portadown, Northern Ireland and began producing electrical insulators.

In 1950, the Irish factory proved itself as a successful venture and Wade (Ulster) Ltd was incorporated.

Employing over 400 workers at its peak Wade (Ulster) eventually moved to producing porcelain giftware.

Wade’s Irish factory was run by Major H. Straker Carryer. His wife Iris Carryer, Sir George Wade’s eldest daughter, was appointed Art Director.

In 1952 Col. Wade bought Brand Hall near Norton-in-Hales, Stoke-on-Trent. It is better known to Wade porcelain collectors as Bloodshot Hall from the Whimsey-on-Why set.

In 1954, Wade Whimsies were introduced and almost immediately became a popular success.

Dating Wade Marks - Whimsie Cat figure

Wade Whimsies were conceived by Iris and slotted into Wade’s production perfectly. The name Whimsies is reputed to have come about when the first figures were described as whimsical.

The first series of Wade Whimsies, released in 1954, were a set of animals that included a leaping fawn, a horse, a spaniel with a ball, a poodle and a squirrel.

Lots more Whimsie collections followed, (the Red Rose Tea Whimsies for instance), and they became very collectable. They are still part of Wade’s production today.

In 1958 Wade Potteries Ltd took over George Wade & Son Ltd and Wade (Ulster) Ltd, bringing all Wade companies together under Sir George Wade.

In 1986, Col. Sir George Wade M.C. chairman of the Wade Pottery Group died aged 94.

Wade Potteries Contact Details

Wade UK Office: – WADE CERAMICS LTD: Bessemer Drive Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5GR. England
Tel: 0845 481 0206

Wade USA Office: – WADE CERAMICS LTD: 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 211, Westbury, NY 11590
Tel: 516 368 8251