Wade (and Butcher)

Blade markings from the century-spanning history of Wade and Butcher, one of Sheffield’s most well-known names. Beginning with a partnership between Robert Wade and William and Samuel Butcher, the firm only lasted until 1829, when both Robert and Jane Wade (his wife, who continued to forge after Robert’s death) had died; after that, W & S Butcher continued to use the popular trademark of “Wade & Butcher”.

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Early Years

Royal Stamping Variants

For Barbers (etc) Use Variants

Miscellaneous

Contract Razors

1890 to 20th Century

Early Years

Wade, Jane or Robert. Steel frameback. Horn. Sheffield, 1820s. (Ref. R0015)

Wade, likely Robert. Horn. Sheffield, 1810s-20s. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0001)

Wade, Robert. Horn. Sheffield, 1810s-20s. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0002)

Wade, Robert. Celebrated Razor. Horn. Sheffield, 1810s-20s. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0003)

Wade & Butcher. Patent Tempered Steel. Horn. Sheffield, 1820s. (Ref. R0121)

Wade & Butcher. Patent Tempered Steel. Maker stamped on top of spine. Sheffield, 1820s. (Ref. R0072)

Royal Stamping Variants

Wade & Butcher. GR, concave grind. Pressed horn (not original). Sheffield, 1820-30. (Ref. R0074)

Wade & Butcher. GR, Universally Approved. Horn. Sheffield, 1820-30. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0004)

Wade & Butcher. GR, Fine India Steel, Universally Approved. Horn. Sheffield, 1820-30. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0005)

Wade & Butcher. WR, Magnetic Razor For Barbers Use. Fine India Steel, Universally Approved. Horn. Sheffield, 1830-37. (Ref. R0016)

Wade & Butcher. WR, reground. Non-original horn scales. Sheffield, 1830-37. (Ref. R0187)

Wade & Butcher. WR. Horn scales. Sheffield, 1840-70. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0007)

Wade & Butcher. VR, tapered ‘An Excellent Razor’. Horn scales. Sheffield, 1840s. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0008)

Wade & Butcher. VR, reground hollow. Sheffield, 1840-70. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0009)

For Barbers (etc) Use Variants

Wade & Butcher. WR, Magnetic Razor For Barbers Use. Fine India Steel, Universally Approved. Horn. Sheffield, 1830-37. (Ref. R0016) [duplicated entry from Royal Stampings section]

Wade & Butcher. For Barbers Use (early variant). Horn. Sheffield, c. 1830-40. (Ref. R0071)

Wade & Butcher. For Barbers Use (early variant). Horn. Sheffield, c. 1830-40. (Ref. R0198)

Wade & Butcher. For Barbers Use. Horn. Sheffield, c. 1840-80. (Ref. R0205)

Wade & Butcher. For Barbers Use. Horn scales. Sheffield, mid-late 19th Century. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0025)

Wade & Butcher. Celebrated For Barbers Use. Horn. Marks are etched, not struck; 6 fletchings on arrow. Sheffield, late 19th Century. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0021)

Wade & Butcher. Celebrated For Barbers Use 9/8. Horn (personally rescaled). Marks are etched, not struck; 6 fletchings on arrow. Sheffield, late 19th Century. (Ref. R0070)

Wade & Butcher. Celebrated For Barbers Use 17/16. Horn. Marks are etched, not struck; 6 fletchings on arrow. Sheffield, late 19th Century. (Ref. R0262)

Wade & Butcher. For Gentlemen’s Use (earlier variant). Horn. Sheffield, c. 1840-80. (Ref. R0221)

Wade & Butcher. For Gentlemen’s Use (later variant, with arrow mark). Horn. Marks are etched, not struck; 4 fletchings on arrow. Sheffield, c. 1870-90. (Ref. R0173)

Miscellaneous

Wade & Butcher. Concave. ‘Bolles, Hastings & Co.’ Horn. Sheffield, c. 1845 (Ref. R0075)

Wade & Butcher. Celebrated Razor, Set Ready For Use, Universally Approved. Horn. Sheffield, c. 1840-60 (Ref. R0202)

Wade & Butcher. Silver Combined with India Steel. Pressed horn scales. Sheffield, mid-late 19th Century. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0006)

Wade & Butcher. Anchor stamp. Sheffield, 19th century. (Ref. EXT0001, courtesy of Steve Matusek)

Wade & Butcher. The Celebrated Fine India Steel Razor. John M. Coleman, pressed horn scales. Sheffield, mid-19th Century. (Ref. R0256)

Wade & Butcher. American Razor. Horn. Sheffield, c. 1840-80 (Ref. R0204)

Wade & Butcher. 9/8. Horn. Sheffield, c. 1860-80 (Ref. R0170)

Wade & Butcher. Locomotive etching. Wood scales, inlaid. Sheffield, c. 1840-80 (Ref. R0179)

Wade & Butcher. The Celebrated Old Army Razor. Horn scales. Sheffield, mid-late 19th Century. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0019)

Wade & Butcher. The Celebrated Old Army Razor. Horn scales. Sheffield, mid-late 19th Century. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0020)

Wade & Butcher. Steel frameback. Horn scales. Sheffield, mid-late 19th Century. Contribution from Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0018)

Wade & Butcher. Arrow trademark; 3 fletchings on arrow. Horn. Sheffield, late 19th Century. (Ref. R0133)

Wade & Butcher. Arrow trademark; 3 fletchings on arrow. Faux tortoise (horn). Sheffield, late 19th Century. (Ref. R0133)

Wade & Butcher. Arrow trademark. Gold wash traces present. Horn. Sheffield, late 19th Century. (Ref. R0186)

Contract Razors

Wade & Butcher. Manufactured for Gordon & Wellington, Boston. Faux chinese. Horn. Sheffield, mid-late 19th Century. (Ref. R0073)

1890 to 20th Century

Wade & Butcher. Special. Sheffield, 20th Century. Contribution of Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0026)

Wade & Butcher. Bow Razor. Sheffield, 20th Century. Contribution of Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0022)

Wade & Butcher. Lord Byron Razor. Sheffield, 20th Century. Contribution of Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0023)

Wade & Butcher. Extra Hollow Ground Razor (arrow). Sheffield, 20th Century. Contribution of Zak Jarvis. (Ref. ZR0024)

Wade & Butcher. Medium Size Hollow Ground. Sheffield, 20th Century. (Ref. R0188)

Wade & Butcher. 1918 model. Sheffield, 20th Century. (Ref. R0076)

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