would like to warn all Wade Collectors about the restored Wade Gollies
appearing for sale, especially on ebay. The first golly shown on the
left is restored, while the one below it is the original. The gollies
appearing on sale are dug-up from the old Wade Car Park. The pieces
are chipped or unfinished and then are restored. Most of the restoration
is done poorly. The easiest way to tell
which is original is to look at the eyes. Whoever is restoring these
figures cannot figure out how to do the eyes correctly. The restored
figure has oval eyes with the same thickness of white around a black
pupil. The original golly has eyes that are decals and perfectly round
- the pupil is lower in the white areas.
Round decal eyes.
Oval painted eyes.
The photo to the right shows golliwogs with black
bases. All the Wade golliwogs were produced with white bases. The
black based pieces were probably produced in Portugal