Wade coddlers are made of pottery, including the lid. They are typically a dull brownish-bluish-green, and there is plenty of variation in colours found.
Wade coddlers come in a single and a double size.
The single size is just under 3 inches tall (measured to the top of the lifting ring), and 2 ½ inches in diameter at the mouth. The base is 1 11/16 inches in diameter.
The double size is 4 to 4 ¼ inches tall, and 2 ½ inches in diameter at the mouth, and the base is 1 11/16 inches in diameter.. The shape is cylindrical with a very slight taper, and a small pedestal.
This coddler has WADE and IRELAND embossed on the bottom. It is one of only two Wade coddlers that does not have the row of shamrocks around the top. To date, we've seen this in the double size only.
|Single Size Dark Brown Amber - "By Wade Ireland" Backstamp|
This coddler does not have shamrocks around the top, but has chickens sitting on nests. The backstamp says BALLYFREE FARMS, WADE, IRISH PORCELAIN, and MADE IN IRELAND
We've seen this coddler in both the single and double size.
|Single Size Dark Brown With Chickens - "BallyFree Farms" Backstamp|
This backstamp consists of the words MADE IN IRELAND embossed along the bottom, with IRISH PORCELAIN in relief script around the top (of the backstamp).
We know of both single and double-sized coddlers in this pattern.
|Single Size with Columns - "Irish Porcelain" Backstamp|
This backstamp consists of the words MADE IN IRELAND and IRISH PORCELAIN with a shamrock in the centre. In the centre of the shamrock there is a letter. We have verified examples of the following letters (in both the single and double sizes unless noted): A, B, C, D (double size only), G, H, J, and K. It is probable that other combinations of size and letter exist. If you have a backstamp letter/size combination that is not listed in the matrix below, please do contact us with details.
This backstamp consists of the words MADE IN IRELAND and IRISH PORCELAIN with a shamrock in the centre. In the centre of the shamrock there is the word WADE. The existance of this style of Wade coddler has not been verified. If you have a coddler in your collection that matches this description, please contact us.
This backstamp consists of a circle with the words MADE IN IRELAND and the Irish equivalent: EIRE TIR A DHEANTA around the outside, and IRISH PORCELAIN and WADE in the centre.
This backstamp consists of a circle with the words IRISH PORCELAIN across the top, WADE and IRELAND at the bottom, and a logo consisting of a shamrock and a crown in the centre. To date, we've seen this in the single size only.
|Single Size - "Crown and Shamrock" Backstamp|
This backstamp consists of the words MADE IN IRELAND and A.S. COOPER. There are several speculations about who A.S. Cooper was, or their relationship to Wade. According to a correspondant in Bermuda, we have learned the following:
There are two body style variations of these coddlers. Some of these coddlers have the row of shamrocks completely encircling the body of the coddler. The backstamp lettering on these coddlers is flat. Other coddlers with this backstamp have the rows of shamrocks interrupted by two pairs of smooth vertical columns, similar to those found on the plain dark brown amber coddlers mentioned earlier. The coddlers with the vertical columns have a backstamp in relief (the letters extend out beyond the surface of the backstamp).
|A.S. Cooper Single Size - No Columns|
|A.S. Cooper Double Size - No Columns|
This backstamp consists of the words SOLOMON'S MINES BAHAMAS.
We know of both single and double-sized coddlers with this backstamp.
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