Wade Giftware - Ceramic Pin Tray with Duke of Connaught Locomotive

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This collectible is the Wade Ceramic Pin Tray with Y14 Duke of Connaught Locomotive in Beige ceramic and Dark Green and Dark Brown livery. The item features no moving parts other than the wheels.

The ceramic tray is in a semi oval shape. To the rear right sits the Y14 Duke of Connaught in its original Dark Green and Dark Brown finish. The body casting is identical to the standard painted version of the model. The underside of the model cannot be seen clearly without being removed from the pin tray, but when removed it has the original Matchbox legends and text. It is fixed to the ceramic tray by a single large self tapping screw. 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 no markings on the viewed upper surface but 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.

Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book

Body Colour: Dark Green body & Dark Brown chassis
Roof: N/A
Boiler Door: Gold
Seats: N/A
Steering Wheel: N/A
Wheel Hubs: Front: 12 spoke, Dark Brown; Rear: 16 spoke, Dark Brown
Tyres: N/A
Plated Parts: N/A
Box Type: Unknown
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the brown rear body rivet, free-wheeling wheels on steel axles, gap between sandboxes and wheel arches, gold walkway box trim, gold axles covers and condenser dome, and gold boiler door. The base plate has a hole drilled through the word "MADE" making it a Type B "Lesney" base.

This item was probably issued between 1959 and 1964 as the locomotive was deleted from the Matchbox Yesteryear range in 1965.

Item: 3419