..................................................................THE STORY SO FAR
The "Gold Woody" piggy
bank was made specially for presentation to the board of directors of the NatWest Bank and at approximately
the same time 25 were given as prizes in a Treasure Hunt competition
run by the NatWest Piggy Press. All are understood to have been
accompanied by a certificate of authenticity of some description.
They are exceptionally rare and simply
because of the limited number that were ever made will
rarely come on to the market.
- Sunshine Ceramics are quoted as saying that they never made any Gold Woodys nor any other gold pigs
- Wade until fairly recently gave the impression that they made the Gold Woodys but could never say how many
- They have never authenticated a Gold Woody but have rejected some on the basis that they were not stamped Wade
- We have seen more than a few Gold Woodys over the years with the gold inscription on the base "One of 25 only Gold Woody's - Manufactured exclusively for the National Westminster Bank PLC"
HAVE TOLD US . . . .
the belief is that Wade did manufacture some
gold Woodys but these would have the Wade stamp on the base,
it appears that the ones used for the competition with the
gold decal on may have been issued by Sunshine or the other
pottery company the bank used for their promotion. .......
the truth of the matter is that no firm records were kept
in this era and no personnel from it are still working here!
have now identified or contacted 11 of the 25 winners of the Piggy
Press competition who won Gold Woodys. They have all produced
copies of newspaper articles or photographs of them being presented
with their prizes. The inscription on the bottom of their pigs
is One of twenty five only Golden Woody's and Manufactured
exclusively for the National Westminster Bank PLC.
This is surely sufficient evidence to prove that these are the
original, genuine Gold Woodys.
quite apart from wondering who made them, we can't understand
how a multi-national corporation like NatWest could ever have
put their name to the dreadful English in the wording on the bottom
of the pigs.
They would have failed their GCSE with such glaring grammatical
of twenty five only Golden Woody's.. is incorrect
and should be One of only twenty five ...
- Woody's is totally wrong as the apostrophe can only used in the case
of possession ie. Woodys head or Woody's photo.
- The correct
plural of Woody is Woodys without any apostrophe
SO WE CAN ONLY WONDER WHICH POTTERY MADE THEM
did not - as stated above.
Sunshine Ceramics did not they have told us so.
The Stoke Museum, an authority on the Potteries, only know of these
SO WHO DID?
Anyone who has any ideas please do contact us
Someone out there must know the answer to this puzzle!
other winners of the Piggy Press competition
who we haven't been in contact with please do email us
as soon as possible, we need your help . . . thanks.
you dont believe how difficult it is to identify a genuine
Gold pig have a look at the following photographs,
all of which have been claimed to be the genuine article . . . .