Like most silver products, Reed & Barton silverplate pieces feature hallmarks that help you to identify it.From 1928 to 1957, pictorial marks representing the year were added to the hallmark, which can further help to date a piece.
Plain angular designs are often from a later period, such as the art deco style of the early 20th century.Examine your silver piece to find any writing or marks. If you do not see the word "sterling" or ".925," your piece is probably silverplate.Search for the words “Reed & Barton.” Another hallmark often used by Reed & Barton is a series of three marks. This is flanked by an eagle mark on the left and a lion passant (walking lion) mark on the right. If your piece was made from 1928 to 1957, it will have one of these date codes.Reed & Barton was founded in 1824 in Taunton, Massachusetts, making it one of the oldest privately owned silversmiths in the United States.The company is well-known for its silverplate flatware and giftware.