Reed & Barton's story began in 1824 when Isaac Babbitt created a new metal alloy - "Britannia metal" - in his Taunton Massachusetts pewter shop. Babbitt joined forces with craftsmen Henry G. Reed and Charles E. Barton to produce this innovative higher-quality pewter ware. Reed & Barton offered to take control and began manufacturing products under their own names. The fledgling company's goods reflected uncompromising standards of excellence starting with its initial silver-plate products and extending to the exquisite sterling silver creations that resulted from the silver discoveries of the late 1800s.Today Reed & Barton is world-renowned for its vast array of high-quality sterling silver silver-plated and stainless flatware and giftware. The company's distinguished family of brands includes Reed & Barton Handcrafted Chests Miller Rogaska Crystal and R & B EveryDay. Reed & Barton is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of Belleek Fine Parian China and Aynsley Fine English Bone China Tableware. As one of the oldest privately held silversmith companies in the United States Reed & Barton remains steadfast in its commitment to fine design and superb craftsmanship.