Reed & Barton

Since its inception in 1824, Reed & Barton has been one of the premiere American silver manufacturers. They are also one of the nation's most iconic metalwork brands. Reed & Barton furnished a considerable amount of weapons to the Union Army during the Civil War, produced the gold, silver, and bronze medals for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and has been 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 developed Britannia metal—a combination of antimony, tin, and copper—which was more lustrous than pewter. After gaining popularity for his quality and craftsmanship, he partnered with two esteemed designers, Henry Reed and Charles Barton, selling the company to them 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. Reed & Barton silver pieces remain among the most sought-after pieces of silver by any American producer.


Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Skinner Auctioneers sold a Reed & Barton Francis I sterling silver pitcher for more than $5,000
  • Reed & Barton have expanded into other divisions of tableware, including stainless steel, crystal, and china
  • Reed & Barton holds the distinction of being the world’s largest producer of wooden chests

Recommended Items at Auction

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STERLING PRESENTATION PUNCH BOWL
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
STERLING PRESENTATION PUNCH BOWL
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$1504 Bids
TWO STERLING SILVER HOLLOWWARE PIECES
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
TWO STERLING SILVER HOLLOWWARE PIECES
by O'Gallerie
Est: $180- $250
$1302 Bids
43 MISC. PIECES OF STERLING SILVER AND TWO OTHERS
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
43 MISC. PIECES OF STERLING SILVER AND TWO OTHERS
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $400- $600
$2501 Bid
Reed & Barton - Francis I Sterling Compote
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Reed & Barton - Francis I Sterling Compote
by Regency Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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Georgie Read Barton (1902-1994 Canadian) Sleigh Ride
Oct 18, 6:00 PM CDT
Georgie Read Barton (1902-1994 Canadian) Sleigh Ride
by Region Fine Art
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER BOWL
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER BOWL
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $375- $475
$51 Bid
2 REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER BONBONS
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
2 REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER BONBONS
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $275- $375
$51 Bid
Grouping of Five Sterling Handled Poultry Carving Sets
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Grouping of Five Sterling Handled Poultry Carving Sets
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $250- $400
$700 Bids
Fourteen Strasbourg Sterling Objects
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Fourteen Strasbourg Sterling Objects
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
SET 12, REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER PUNCH CUPS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SET 12, REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER PUNCH CUPS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
REED & BARTON "FRANCIS I" STERLING BON-BON BOWL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
REED & BARTON "FRANCIS I" STERLING BON-BON BOWL
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
9PC, AMERICAN STERLING SILVER HOLLOWARE ASSORTMENT
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
9PC, AMERICAN STERLING SILVER HOLLOWARE ASSORTMENT
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Reed & Barton Francis I Pattern Sterling Silver Serving Dish
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Reed & Barton Francis I Pattern Sterling Silver Serving Dish
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $600- $650
$3000 Bids
(103Pc) Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Flatware
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(103Pc) Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Flatware
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5000 Bids
REED AND BARTON STERLING PRESENTATION CUP
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
REED AND BARTON STERLING PRESENTATION CUP
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
2 Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Silver Hollowware Items
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Silver Hollowware Items
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $500- $550
$2500 Bids
2 Sterling Dishes. Large Reed & Barton Sterling Windsor Bowl Length 12 ¼” Sterling Plate Diameter 9”. 17oz Troy.
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
2 Sterling Dishes. Large Reed & Barton Sterling Windsor Bowl Length 12 ¼” Sterling Plate Diameter 9”. 17oz Troy.
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
CAROL CHANNING ANITA LOOS: "GENTLEMEN..." BOOK & PHOTOS
Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
CAROL CHANNING ANITA LOOS: "GENTLEMEN..." BOOK & PHOTOS
by Abell Auction
Est: $25- $50
$250 Bids
CAROL CHANNING ANITA LOOS: "GENTLEMEN..." BOOK & PHOTOS
Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
CAROL CHANNING ANITA LOOS: "GENTLEMEN..." BOOK & PHOTOS
by Abell Auction
Est: $25- $50
$250 Bids
10 MISCELLANEOUS PIECES OF STERLING SILVER
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
10 MISCELLANEOUS PIECES OF STERLING SILVER
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $250- $400
$1500 Bids
Reed & Barton "Damascene" GP Pendant Necklace
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Reed & Barton "Damascene" GP Pendant Necklace
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
READ & BARTON ANTIQUE TRICK BOX MATCHED LID TO BASE BLUE CREAM
Oct 22, 6:00 PM EDT
READ & BARTON ANTIQUE TRICK BOX MATCHED LID TO BASE BLUE CREAM
by Auctions by Daum
Est: $60- $90
$400 Bids

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