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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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(4) Early Reed and Barton Sterling Personal Salts & Peppers
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
(4) Early Reed and Barton Sterling Personal Salts & Peppers
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$405 Bids
(6 Pc) Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Cordials
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
(6 Pc) Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Cordials
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$753 Bids
Set of Five (5) REED and BARTON Sterling Nut Dishes
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Set of Five (5) REED and BARTON Sterling Nut Dishes
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$302 Bids
Gorham & Reed & Barton Silver Repousse Bowls 520g.
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Gorham & Reed & Barton Silver Repousse Bowls 520g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
Reed & Barton "Windsor" Sterling Silver Bowl
Feb 25, 1:30 PM EST
Reed & Barton "Windsor" Sterling Silver Bowl
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Vintage Silver Plated Rectangular Plateau Mirror and Companion Reed and Barton Silver Plated Epergne
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Vintage Silver Plated Rectangular Plateau Mirror and Companion Reed and Barton Silver Plated Epergne
by Northgate Gallery Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1001 Bid
Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Bowl
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Bowl
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Reed & Barton Hand Crafted Damascene Audubon Plate
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Reed & Barton Hand Crafted Damascene Audubon Plate
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Reed & Barton 5 pc Sterling Compote & 4 Salts
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Reed & Barton 5 pc Sterling Compote & 4 Salts
by California Auctioneers
Est: $700- $1,000
$3501 Bid
Sterling Silver and Silver Plate Accessories
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver and Silver Plate Accessories
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Owl Whistle Pendant
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Owl Whistle Pendant
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $30- $50
$101 Bid
4 Antique Sterling Silver items Incl. 3 Utensils
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
4 Antique Sterling Silver items Incl. 3 Utensils
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $250
$1001 Bid
3 Ruby Glass and Silverplate Master Salts
Mar 01, 11:00 AM EST
3 Ruby Glass and Silverplate Master Salts
by Nest Egg Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
Five American Sterling Silver Decorative Bowls and Plate by Various Makers
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Five American Sterling Silver Decorative Bowls and Plate by Various Makers
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Reed & Barton Sterling Salt and Pepper shakers
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Reed & Barton Sterling Salt and Pepper shakers
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$420 Bids
Lot 6 Vintage Sterling Silver Various Table Items
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
Lot 6 Vintage Sterling Silver Various Table Items
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $300- $600
$1000 Bids
Reed and Barton Five Piece Silver Plated Tea Service, 19thc.
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Reed and Barton Five Piece Silver Plated Tea Service, 19thc.
by Neue Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Vtg Reed & Barton Windsor Sterling Silver Bowl
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vtg Reed & Barton Windsor Sterling Silver Bowl
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$10 Bids
Reed & Barton Nouveau Silverplate Service Bowl
Feb 25, 1:30 PM EST
Reed & Barton Nouveau Silverplate Service Bowl
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $100- $250
$500 Bids
Vintage Reed and Barton Sterling Dish
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Reed and Barton Sterling Dish
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Reed & Barton sterling silver oval bowl
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Reed & Barton sterling silver oval bowl
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
GROSSE AMERIKANISCHE SCHENKKANNE
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CET
GROSSE AMERIKANISCHE SCHENKKANNE
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
PR OF STERLING SILVER REED & BARTON COMPOTES FRANCIS I PATTERN COMPOTES APPROX. 25.8 TROY OZ
Mar 03, 10:30 AM EST
PR OF STERLING SILVER REED & BARTON COMPOTES FRANCIS I PATTERN COMPOTES APPROX. 25.8 TROY OZ
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Reed & Barton


World Auction Gallery

World Auction Gallery

Premier Auction Galleries

Premier Auction Galleries

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Napoleon's Fine Art

Napoleon's Fine Art