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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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REED & BARTON STERLING DISH
Oct 06, 9:00 AM PDT
REED & BARTON STERLING DISH
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$1503 Bids
Reed and Barton Silver Soldered Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Mustard Pot
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Reed and Barton Silver Soldered Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Mustard Pot
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $60- $90
$302 Bids
Reed and Barton Silver Soldered Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Double Handled Sugar Bowl
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Reed and Barton Silver Soldered Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Double Handled Sugar Bowl
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $80- $130
$302 Bids
Reed & Barton Francis I Silver Tea 4pc SET 3920g.
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Reed & Barton Francis I Silver Tea 4pc SET 3920g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5502 Bids
(4 Pc) Antique Reed And Barton Sterling Silver Handle Shakers
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
(4 Pc) Antique Reed And Barton Sterling Silver Handle Shakers
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$252 Bids
S. KIRK & SON "REPOUSSE" AND REED & BARTON "FRANCIS I" STERLING SILVER ARTICLES, LOT OF EIGHT,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
S. KIRK & SON "REPOUSSE" AND REED & BARTON "FRANCIS I" STERLING SILVER ARTICLES, LOT OF EIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Plates 8pc SET 1591g
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Plates 8pc SET 1591g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Reed and Barton Silver Soldered Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Sugar Tongs
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Reed and Barton Silver Soldered Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Sugar Tongs
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $60- $90
$101 Bid
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Reed & Barton Bar Set With Tray, Soho 29896268
Oct 09, 9:00 AM EDT
Reed & Barton Bar Set With Tray, Soho 29896268
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
2 Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Bowls + 2 Silverplated Candlestick Lamps, 4 items
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Bowls + 2 Silverplated Candlestick Lamps, 4 items
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $350
$1500 Bids
Reed Barton Enamel Silverplate Bowl
Nov 05, 2:00 PM EDT
Reed Barton Enamel Silverplate Bowl
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$600 Bids
Mid Century Reed Barton Teardrop Dish
Nov 05, 2:00 PM EDT
Mid Century Reed Barton Teardrop Dish
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
Two Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Dishes
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Dishes
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $250- $350
$1750 Bids
Sterling Silver BPOE Presentation Cocktail Shaker
Oct 13, 9:00 AM PDT
Sterling Silver BPOE Presentation Cocktail Shaker
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $250- $350
$1500 Bids
A FIVE PIECE SILVER SERVICE SET, REED & BARTON, TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Oct 16, 10:00 AM EDT
A FIVE PIECE SILVER SERVICE SET, REED & BARTON, TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2000 Bids
(11) STERLING SILVER SCRAP LOT, 10.88 OZT
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
(11) STERLING SILVER SCRAP LOT, 10.88 OZT
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
ELEGANT CANDLESTICK IN SILVER
Oct 16, 9:30 AM CEST
ELEGANT CANDLESTICK IN SILVER
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €350- €700
€100 Bids
Victorian Reed & Barton Silverplated Pitcher
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
Victorian Reed & Barton Silverplated Pitcher
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Vintage Sterling Tableware
Oct 13, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Sterling Tableware
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Trophy Bowl 1130g
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Trophy Bowl 1130g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Silverplated Reed and Barton Mustard Jar?
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Silverplated Reed and Barton Mustard Jar?
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Reed and Barton Silverplated Bowl
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Reed and Barton Silverplated Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Reed and Barton Silverplated Serving Bowl
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Reed and Barton Silverplated Serving Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids

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