How to Identify Reed & Barton Silver Hallmark

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Silvermaker Reed and Barton was founded in 1824 in the United States. Today the company sells silver, crystal and china. For each year of silver production from 1928-1957, in addition to the words "Reed & Barton," the company stamped or engraved a different symbol, or hallmark, on their silver items. You can identify Reed and Barton silver and figure out when it was made by consulting these hallmarks.

Things You'll Need

  • Magnifying glass (optional)
  • Locate the hallmarks on your silver. If your silver pieces are very small, use a magnifying glass to see the marks clearly. Look for the words "Reed & Barton" or an R inside a shield shape with the images of birds on either side of it. All Reed and Barton silver from before 1928 and after 1957 carries one of these marks.

  • Look for additional marks near the words or R. Between 1928 and 1957, Reed and Barton also marked each piece with a symbol to represent the year of manufacture. The Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, and Makers' Marks lists all of these symbols with the corresponding year of use at http://www.925-1000.com/RB_Date_Code.html.

  • Make a list of each silver piece and its identifying mark. This list can be useful in having your silver appraised or insured.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your silver is damaged, a silver expert at an antique shop or auction house may be able to identify it for you.

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