I am concerned about the increasing amount of fake Nat West wade cousin Wesley pig money boxes on ebay, And as an avid wade collector myself I have seen few genuine ones for sale with the relevant paperwork to prove authenticity. As some have already mentioned,these were indeed very limited.they were sent after opening a childs 5 year bond with £1000 and came with a letter from the bank. I would never buy one of these without this. However after the pig promotion ended quite a few of them were given to Nat West staff - some in prize draws. These fakes are never as well finished as the real thing and are smaller. Many are poorly painted and have glaze crazing. I have never seen a piece of genuine wade with crazing. THERE ARE SEVERAL WEBSITES WITH ADVICE AND INFORMATION RE SIZES, WEIGHTS ETC. piggybankpage.co.uk is good, where there is a page on fake wesleys and very good info on all the other pigs. natwestpigs.co.uk is also very good.
BEWARE ALL YOU BUYERS OUT THERE - THESE FAKES ARE NOW REGULARLY COMING UP FOR AUCTION WITH ANY OLD BOX AND A COMPLIMENT SLIP- FROM NAT WEST SUPPOSEDLY. HAVE ALSO SEEN THESE SLIPS FOR SALE ON THEIR OWN ON EBAY,AND RECENTLY BOXES AND SLIPS !. HAVE REPORTED THIS SELLER SEVERAL TIMES WHO IS STILL DOING IT TODAY,TO EBAY BUT NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE.
THE BASE STOPPERS/ BUNGS STAMPED NAT WEST ARE READILY AVAILBLE TOO ON EBAY TO HELP OUT THE SCAMSTERS. THESE ARE JUST CHEAP PLASTIC COPIES
DONT BE FOOLED BY ANY OF THIS, ASK FOR THE BOND LETTER OR SOME PROOF/PROVENENCE REGARDING THE BOND. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE DESPERATE TO OFFLOAD THEIR FAKES ONTO YOU WADE COLLECTORS WITH ANY AIDS THEY CAN GET HOLD OF. BE VERY,VERY WAREY INDEED.
SOME SELLERS SEEM TO HAVE AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF THESE RARE PIGS (WITH A BOX AND COMPLIMENT SLIP) WHICH THEY SAY IN THE LISTING ARE THE REAL THING! LOOK AT THE SELLERS PAST ITEMS SOLD IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING BIDDING.
AM REALLY PLEASED THAT I RECENTLY HELPED A LADY EBAYER AVOID WASTING OVER £120 ON ONE OF THESE FAKES SHE HAD "WON" :) AND SEVERAL PEOPLE FROM BIDDING ON ONE.