When it comes to the manufacture of quality silver plated flatware and hollowware, Reed & Barton is one of the oldest and most respected companies. Today, Reed & Barton manufactures sterling and stainless steel items; silver plated goods are a thing of the past. Those intriguing and wonderful silver plated designs of years gone by are now only to be found here and there after extensive searching.
Following is the first of three posts on Reed & Barton which contains sections from books written about the time that Reed & Barton was experiencing great success in the late 19th Century. In the following, you can learn all about Messrs. Reed & Barton and the company they built.
The following pages are from “The History of Taunton, Massachusetts: From Its Settlement to the Present Time” By Samuel Hopkins Emery 1893:
Below is a detail from an illustration by John Angel James Wilcox:
Next are two photos of the Reed & Barton display at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition:
Some more history from “New England Manufacturers and Manufacturies” Vol. II by J. D. Van Slyck 1879:
An example of a billhead from the 1870s:
Below is the front and back of a trade card dated 1880:
Next is the cover from Reed & Barton’s beautiful catalogue of 1885.
I believe this is a page from that catalogue:
More of the same from “Illustrated Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Taunton, New Bedford, Fall River” by Robert Grieve 1889:
Below is from “Guide to the New England Coast ” 1890:
Another short history from “Inland Massachusetts Illustrated” 1891:
Enlargement from above article:
My next post will discuss Reed & Barton advertising.