Lots more Whimsie collections followed, (the Red Rose Tea Whimsies for instance), and they became very collectable. In 1958 Wade Potteries Ltd took over George Wade & Son Ltd and Wade (Ulster) Ltd, bringing all Wade companies together under Sir George Wade.
Wade UK Office: – WADE CERAMICS LTD: Bessemer Drive Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5GR.
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. He died on New Years Day 1938 leaving the business to his son, George Albert Wade who was now Major Wade.
Young George was only 2 years old when his older sister Daisy, died in 1893 leaving George an only child.
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.
Wade was prospering and in 1946 the Wade company expanded; buying an old mill in Bann, Portadown, Northern Ireland and began producing electrical insulators.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.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 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.