‘The World of Wade’ an essential for collectors




This review and Collecting Club Profile is a sidebar to the article Red Rose Wade Whimsies: Stroke of marketing genius defines a tea firm and creates a thriving collectible



“The World of Wade Figurines & Miniatures II” by Ian Warner and Mike Posgay (Schiffer Publishing, 2010). ISBN 9780764336287, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, 1867 color photos, 392 pages, www.schifferbooks.com. Hardcover, $49.99.

An attractive book to just peruse, “The World of Wade Figurines & Miniatures II” is a full-color identification and price guide. It expands on the original “World of Wade Figurines and Miniatures” (Schiffer Publishing, 2002), now including limited edition and one-of-a-kind figurines, identifying figurines made from 1927 to 2010.

The clear images and detailed descriptions of hundreds of new and old figurines make this an ideal resource for novice or experienced Wade figurine collectors. Descriptions include such important details as current values (in both U.S. dollars and British pounds), dimensions, markings, documentation, and, when known, the designer. The values were established by taking an average of submitted prices by advisers and contributors from the United States and the United Kingdom.

It is important to note that this edition does not include Wade figurines of Ireland or Wade Whimsies; those collecting categories each have their own books: “The World of Wade Ireland” and “The World of Wade Whimsies,” respectively.

Collectors of these charming little figurines will find “The World of Wade Figurines & Miniatures II” a pleasure to own and enjoy. At 352 glossy pages bound with a hard cover, it’s a tome that should give years of service and enjoyment.

The Official International Wade Collectors Club (OIWCC)

The Official International Wade Collectors Club (OIWCC) was formed in 1994 with the intention of uniting collectors of both new and old Wade figurines from around the world.

Members receive a quarterly magazine, “The Official Wade Collectors Club Magazine,” which has news and views, details of the Wade events throughout the year, sales and wants, and members-only exclusive offers; for 2011 the members-only set will be a set of whimsies: the Survival Set.

Members also receive a membership certificate and card, a membership Whimsie plaque showing the year of membership, and a free exclusive figurine each year; for 2011, the club exclusive will be a Whimsie Elephant, part of the Survival Whimsies series of 2011.

To become a member of the OIWCC, write to The Official International Wade Collectors Club, PO Box 3012, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 9DD, England, UK. For more information on the OIWCC, contact club@wadecollectorsclub.co.uk or visit www.wadecollectorsclub.co.uk.

The OIWCC can be contacted via telephone at 0845 2462525 or from the U.S. +44 845 2462525.

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