Monday, May 22, 2017

Finland Wartime Seven Dwarfs Postcards

This series of postcards was issued in Finland probably during the Continuation War with the Soviet Union (1941-44). The dwarfs are dressed in military uniforms and the text references support for the war effort. It's possible the cards were used as premiums to aid in the campaign. Not licensed by Disney. It's likely there were eight cards total in the series if Snow White was included. So far we've come across images of four of them.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wadeheath 'Snow White' Tea Sets

Circa 1938, English pottery manufacturer, Wadeheath (Wade), produced several different miniature Snow White tea sets for children. All white porcelain with red line trim, the pieces feature full-color character illustrations. The various set components usually include a teapot, a creamer and sugar bowl, plus some combination of cups, saucers, and plates.

On the base of some pieces is stamped, "WADEHEATH - BY PERMISSION WALT DISNEY - ENGLAND".

Snow White and Dopey are depicted on the side of the teapot. Measures approximately 3" tall, including lid.

Teapot images via Preownedlovelies.

Deer creamer and Rabbit sugar bowl.

Individual dwarfs are pictured on the tea cups and saucers (although some saucers are plain except for the red trim).

A couple Pinocchio pieces (circa 1940) are pictured with this Grumpy cup.

Images via sunshine11.

The Deer and Rabbit also made it onto the saucer.

The plates also display the individual dwarfs, encircled by two red lines. Diameter: approximately 5".

Happy plate image courtesy joolz1961.

This larger but less common plate features four small images: Sneezy, Sleepy, Deer, and Rabbit. Measures 7.75" across. Part of a set which included the regular pieces as well as a jam jar and toast rack.

 Image via Hake's.

Mickey Mouse Nursery Ware 12-piece boxed set. Depicts Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto having tea. Includes Snow White teapot with lid, four saucers, four cups, creamer, and sugar bowl. Box dimensions: 14.5" x 9.75"

Image via morphyauctions.

Eight-piece set (two saucers, two cups) . Mickey-print box.

Images via Bamfords.

Ten-piece set. Includes two plates and two plain saucers. Box decorated with Snow characters. Dimensions: 14.5" x 9.5" and 3" deep.

Boxed set images via Hake's.

1938 Wadeheath Breakfast Set

A Snow White breakfast set made from glazed ceramic was produced by Wadeheath of England, circa 1938. Each piece features character designs in high relief. Many include a black ink manufacturer's mark on the bottom along with a "Walt Disney" imprint. The collection includes a jug, pitcher, teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, egg cup, butter dish, jam jar, toast plate, biscuit barrel, cheese dish, covered bowl, open bowl, condiment containers, and possibly more.

Set image via bonhams.

  • Musical Jug - Music box in base with wind-up key on underside. Wrap-around design with Snow White, dwarfs, and cottage. Squirrel and bluebirds on handle. Measure 9" high. It is listed on page 847 of Hake's Official Price Guide to Disney Collectibles, 2nd edition, 2007.

  • Pitcher - Dopey, rabbit, and bluebird; deer on opposite side. Squirrel atop lid. Stands 8" tall.

  • Teapot - Grumpy and Fawn, plus lid with Squirrel. Approximately 6.5" tall.

  • Creamer - Sneezy and squirrel, 4" tall.

  • Sugar Bowl - Doc and rabbit on base, squirrel on top. The two pieces together measures approximately 4.5" tall.

  • Egg Cup - Rabbit design.

  • Butter Dish - Two pieces feature Dopey, flowers, mushrooms, and a rabbit, plus a squirrel on lid. Bottom dish measures approximately 5.5" x 5.5"; lid is 3.75" x 3.75" x 4".

  • Jam Jar/Honey Pot - Bashful and bluebirds on base; squirrel on top. Measures 4" high.

  • Toast Plate - Dopey lays on blanket on one end, squirrels play on the other. Measures 4.5" x 8.5". It also came with a metal toast rack.

  • Biscuit Barrel -Snow White and bunnies on base. Raccoon on lid. Measures 7" tall. Originally came with wire carrying handle.

  • Cheese Dish - Base with cottage lid.  Measures 6.25" x7.25" and 5" tall. 

  • Covered Bowl (w/ attached plate) - Bluebirds and rabbits with Dopey handle on lid. Diameter 6.75"  x 4.75" tall.

  • Open Bowl - Forest animals and trees. Diameter 9.5".

  • Condiment Container Set - Sleepy salt shaker and Happy pepper shaker, both with cork stoppers. Measure 2:" high. Base with two recessed spots for shakers. Also includes lidded compartment with bluebird handle and hole for spoon. Measures 3.75" x 4" and 2.625" tall with shakers.

Additional images via Hake's and Heritage Auctions.

Also see the Wadeheath children's tea set in the next post.