Wade Giftware - Ceramic Pin Tray with London Taxi

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This collectible is the Wade Ceramic Pin Tray with #17c London Taxi in Beige ceramic and chrome. The item features no moving parts.

The ceramic tray is in a semi oval shape. To the rear right sits the #17c London Taxi (FX3) in a chrome finish. The vehicle body casting is identical to the standard painted version of the model and the original Maroon colour can be seen showing through in some worn parts. The underside of the model cannot be seen clearly but appears to have the original Matchbox legends and text. It is fixed to the ceramic tray by glue via the four wheels. All versions of this model have been attached in the same manner, even though the tray has two cast holes for screws. The tray carries a "Souvenir Of London" paper label on the face below the taxi and cast into the bottom of the tray is the legend "An RK product by Wade of England".

This item does not have its original packaging and I have never seen a photo of the item in its original packaging.

This item was probably issued between 1960 and 1965 as the Taxi was deleted from the Matchbox range in 1963.

Item: 3301