Offered for your money bank or chocolate memorabilia collecting pleasures....this is a fabulous, high quality, collectible coin money box from the famed Thornton Chocolate company made especially for them by Wade Potteries of Staffordshire England. Marked on bottom: Manufactured Exclusively for JW Thornton, LTD, Made in England. Have fun for the holidays; fill this with candy and give it to a piggy bank collector at the holidays. Wide stopper in the base so you can fill it!
Here is what the representative from Thornton's had to say about this piece when we contacted the company recently: "Wade Potteries of Staffordshire made the Van exclusively for Thorntons in the late 1970's/early 1980's, in brown and blue glaze. They were initially made for Christmas with the aim of including Toffee in the van itself. They appeared so successful that we also followed this up with a flowerpot for the following Fathers Day and a letterbox in the same pottery, also exclusive to Thorntons. They were initially priced at £14.99 ($24.00 USD), which did include a presentation box and some Thorntons Special Toffee. The van you have may be a collector's item and could be worth around £40.00 ( $64.00 USD). For more information, please contact Wade Potteries in Burslem, Stoke on Trent for a collector's catalogue."
History: Thorntons is a British chocolate company established by Joseph William Thornton in 1911. Thorntons today is a £180 million turnover company with nearly 400 shops and cafes and around 200 franchises together with internet, mail order and commercial services. Since the takeover of Cadburys by US company Kraft, Thorntons is now the largest, independent chocolate and confectionery company in the United Kingdom.
Measurements: 4 7/8" tall, 8" long and 3 3/4" wide
Have fun for the holidays; fill this with candy and give it to a bank collector at the holidays. Wide stopper in the base so you can fill it!
Condition: Excellent, clean, no damage, complete with large stopper.
Inventory Box: 133
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