The company's products are used at the White House in Washington, D. Today, the company operates a factory store at the plant site, an outlet store at Wrentham Premium Outlets in Wrentham, Massachusetts, and an online store as well.The company remained privately owned by the family of Henry Reed.The Taunton, Massachusetts, firm of Reed & Barton began in 1824 as Babbitt & Crossman, which produced a cousin of pewter known as Britannia, or Britannia ware.Now most famous as the base metal inside the Oscar statuette, Britannia soon gave way to pewter before pewter quickly moved aside for silverplate and, later, sterling silver, which is what the flatware and hollowware manufacturer Reed & Barton is best known for today.After Babbit gained popularity with his craftsmanship and quality, two designers, Henry Reed and Charles Barton, partnered with the business.The company began to experience hardship and Babbit sold the company and factory in 1834 to Reed & Barton.
At this time of year, the Christmas tree is a favorite showcase for those who can't resist the dated silver, crystal and porcelain ornaments that are issued annually, many of them in limited editions.
For example, among the most popular patterns was a Francis I sterling silver 7-piece tea and coffee service and tray.
Maker’s mark of Reed & Barton, Taunton, Massachusets: Comprising a tea kettle, teapot, coffeepot, cream jug, covered sugar bowl, waste bowl and tray; the tea service pieces with baluster form bodies, chased with fruit, blossoms, and foliage, with cornucopiae enclosing a vacant cartouche on either side, the shaped oval tray with bracket handles and conforming decoration.
Other manufacturers were quick to get into the act, turning out annuals in every conceivable material from brass to acrylic.
Each year, more and more Americans are collecting the designs and starting collections for family and friends.