Reed & Barton Flatware

Since its inception in 1824, Reed & Barton has been one of America’s most iconic silver flatware brands. With a long history of excellent quality and distinctive pieces, Reed & Barton is the official supplier of flatware for the White House.

Isaac Babbit founded Reed & Barton as a jewelry shop in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1822, but switched his focus to metalworking shortly thereafter. In 1824, Babbit famously developed Britannia metal, a combination of antimony, tin, and copper which he prided on having a greater luster than pewter. After gaining popularity for his quality and craftsmanship, Babbit partnered with two esteemed designers, Henry Reed and Charles Barton, whom he would eventually sell the company to in 1834.

Following the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, which made raw silver widely available throughout the U.S., Reed & Barton began to produce cast sterling silver patterns in hollowware and flatware to great acclaim. Today, Reed & Barton flatware continues to be as renowned and highly sought after as ever before.


Quick Facts

  • In addition to producing some of the world’s best flatware, Reed & Barton is the world’s largest manufacturer of cigar humidors and pen chests
  • In 2015, Christie’s sold a Reed & Barton flatware service for $3,000
  • Reed & Barton’s manufacturing plant, located in Taunton, Massachusetts, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places

Recommended Items at Auction

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Early Reed & Barton Francis 1st I Sterling Silver Flatware
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Early Reed & Barton Francis 1st I Sterling Silver Flatware
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$9009 Bids
A (lot of 20) Mostly Shreve & Co manufactured or retailed sterling flatware
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A (lot of 20) Mostly Shreve & Co manufactured or retailed sterling flatware
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12, Frances Ist
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12, Frances Ist
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $2,750- $3,000
$1,3001 Bid
REED & BARTON BURGUNDY SERVICE FOR FOUR
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
REED & BARTON BURGUNDY SERVICE FOR FOUR
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $100- $2,000
$501 Bid
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(82) PIECE REED & BARTON STERLING FLATWARE SERVICE
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
(82) PIECE REED & BARTON STERLING FLATWARE SERVICE
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $1,800- $2,000
$1,2000 Bids
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Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Flatware Set
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Flatware Set
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,800- $2,500
$1,5000 Bids
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Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Flatware Set
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Flatware Set
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,8000 Bids
REED AND BARTON FRANCIS I STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET W/SHIEBLER BON BON
Oct 22, 6:00 PM EDT
REED AND BARTON FRANCIS I STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET W/SHIEBLER BON BON
by Auctions by Daum
Est: $680- $800
$6000 Bids
21 MISCELLANEOUS PIECES OF STERLING SILVER
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
21 MISCELLANEOUS PIECES OF STERLING SILVER
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $400- $600
$2500 Bids
Reed and Barton Sterling "Marlborough" Flatware
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Reed and Barton Sterling "Marlborough" Flatware
by Nye & Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER FLATWARE, 65 PIECES.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER FLATWARE, 65 PIECES.
by D.G.W. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$8000 Bids
65 Pieces Of Reed & Barton Classic Rose Sterling Flatware
Nov 07, 3:00 PM PDT
65 Pieces Of Reed & Barton Classic Rose Sterling Flatware
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $2,200- $3,000
$1,8000 Bids

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