In the early 1950s, Sir George Wade decided to produce his now world famous miniature Animals, referred to by Sir George as his 'Pocket Money Toys', so called, because the miniatures were intended for school children to spend their 'pocket money' on.
With the death of 'Sir George Wade' in 1986 at the age of 94 years and the untimely death of his son 'George Anthony (Tony) Wade' of Leukemia a year later in 1987, 120 years of Wade family involvement with the potteries came to an end.
Wade premiums have been found in a number of products, including Red Rose Tea USA and Canada (a separate company), Tom Smith Party Crackers, and Sharps Chocolate.
In 1989 'Wade' was taken over by Beauford PLC which renamed the potteries 'Wade Ceramics Limited'. In 1992 "Wade Ireland" which had been re-named "Seagoe Ceramics" was no longer a part of 'Wade Ceramics'. The "George Wade" and the "Wade, Heath" potteries are still in production today under their new name "Wade Ceramics".