Celebrating 60 Years of Wade Whimsies

By David Chown

A moment, a memory. Do you remember your first Wade Whimsie?


Since 1953 children have been enthralled and fascinated by Wade Whimsies. Every generation seems to remember their first Whimsie and 60 years after the first Whimsies were introduced, they still fascinate children and adults alike.

The first Wade Whimsies were produced in 1953 exploiting the technology used by the Wade Company for manufacturing their ceramic insulators. The process was switched during a recession to make solid caste collectable figures. These Wade miniatures were affordable pocket money gifts for children and the first Whimsies a horse, a leaping fawn, a poodle, a spaniel and a squirrel proved very popular. .

Even now after 60 years the Wade Whimsie still continues to be a sort after children’s gift and a very collectable range of figures.

Over the years Wade have produced millions of Whimsies, Disney miniatures, Felix The Cat, Betty Boop, Whimsie-Nation, Survival Animals, Cracker Prizes, Nursery Rhymes, the list is endless and still today you can find a huge range of Whimsies being offered for sale on websites like cscollectables.co.uk, the Wade Collectors Club and the internet auction site eBay. Just type Wade Whimsie into Google and thousands of pages are listed. The Wade Whimsie has 60 years of British Pottery history and most adults would recognise a Whimsie either by name or just spotting one at collectors events, car boot or garage sales worldwide.

The Wade Whimsie is recognised the world over and can be found in many locations, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Holland, France to name but a few. Members of the Wade Collectors Club span the globe and the thrill of finding a new Whimsie or spotting an unusual colourway can make most collectors drool.

Children today for the first time can collect the Wade Whimsie alphabet range which consists of the full alphabet with each letter depicting an animal. A Whimsie is an ideal Christening or birthday gift. This often leads to a lifetime of Whimsie collecting and is only interrupted by marriage then children then back to Whimsie collecting with the new family. Thousands of collectors worldwide find the search for that elusive Whimsie an exciting pastime and spend much of their spare time scouring boot sales and collectors fairs. The Wade Whimsie -

1980's Whimsieland Tiger

Educational, Fun and very Collectable!

There’s a place in every home for a Wade Whimsie!

Watch For Details of Our 60th Anniversary Wade Whimsie. To be released later this year.

Books available

The world of Wade Whimsies by Ian Warner and Mike Posgay

Wade Whimsical Collectables by Pat Murray.

Website resources



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