Gold NatWest Woody 1984


..................................................................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.

.........................................................................THE FACTS


Gold Woody

  • 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"


“… 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!”


  • Wade admit they probably didn’t make the 25 prize pigs
  • Wade most probably didn't make any gold Woodys but who knows
  • Wade now talk of a pottery other than Sunshine Ceramics that the Bank used
  • Wade have no records and they have no reference to anyone from the time of manufacture


We 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.

However, 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 errors!!!
    • ‘One 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. Woody’s head or Woody's photo.
    • The correct plural of Woody is Woodys without any apostrophe


      Wade 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 two manufacturers.

      SO WHO DID?

Gold WoodyGold Woody baseGold Woody base

Anyone who has any ideas please do contact us
Someone out there must know the answer to this puzzle!

Any 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.

If you don’t 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 . . . . but aren't!
Gold Annabel
Gold Cousin Wesley
Fake Gold Woody
A non-Wade Gold Woody
A non-Wade Gold Woody
A non-Wade Gold Woody


Gold NatWest family


Our grateful thanks to Wade for answering our frequent questions.

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