Reed & Barton at Britanniaville

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:

History of Taunton 1893 pg 652

History of Taunton 1893 pg 652

 

History of Taunton 1893 pg 653

History of Taunton 1893 pg 653

 

History of Taunton 1893 pg 654

History of Taunton 1893 pg 654

 

History of Taunton 1893 pg 654a

History of Taunton 1893 pg 654a

 

History of Taunton 1893 pg 655-656

History of Taunton 1893 pg 655-656

Below is a detail from an illustration by John Angel James Wilcox:

John Angel James Wilcox detail

John Angel James Wilcox detail

Next are two photos of the Reed & Barton display at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition:

1876 Centennial International Exhibition

1876 Centennial International Exhibition

 

1876 Centennial International Exhibition

1876 Centennial International Exhibition

Some more history from “New England Manufacturers and Manufacturies” Vol. II by J. D. Van Slyck 1879:

1879 pg 504 Van Slyck

1879 pg 504 Van Slyck

 

1879 pg 504a Van Slyck

1879 pg 504a Van Slyck

 

1879 pg 505 Van Slyck

1879 pg 505 Van Slyck

 

1879 pg 506 Van Slyck

1879 pg 506 Van Slyck

 

1879 pg 506a Van Slyck

1879 pg 506a Van Slyck

 

1879 pg 507 Van Slyck

1879 pg 507 Van Slyck

 

1879 pg 508 Van Slyck

1879 pg 508 Van Slyck

An example of a billhead from the 1870s:

1870's Billhead

1870’s Billhead

Below is the front and back of a trade card dated 1880:

1880 Trade Card

1880 Trade Card

Next is the cover from Reed & Barton’s beautiful catalogue of 1885.

1884-85 Catalogue

1884-85 Catalogue

I believe this is a page from that catalogue:

1885 Artistic Workers

1884-85 Artistic Workers Catalogue Page

More of the same from “Illustrated Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Taunton, New Bedford, Fall River” by Robert Grieve 1889:

1889 Illust. Martha's Vineyard

1889 Illust. Martha’s Vineyard

Below is from “Guide to the New England Coast ” 1890:

1890 Guide to the New England Coast

1890 Guide to the New England Coast

Another short history from “Inland Massachusetts Illustrated” 1891:

1891 Inland Mass  pg 181-182

1891 Inland Mass pg 181-182

Enlargement from above article:

48 Britannia St. 1891 Inland Mass Illus.

48 Britannia St. 1891 Inland Mass Illus.

My next post will discuss Reed & Barton advertising.

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One Response to Reed & Barton at Britanniaville

  1. KerryCan says:

    You found a lot about them! I guess that makes sense since they were so famous–I had no idea how far back!

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