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Reed and Barton Progress Vase exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 (detail)

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Published: 9 September 2015

Freeman’s is Proud to Present Property from the Reed & Barton Archives

David Walker views the Reed and Barton Progress Vase Freeman’s has been selected to auction property from the Reed & Barton Archives on November 11, 2015. The collection represents the earliest periods of the factory’s production through the twentieth century and will be offered in Freeman’s autumn American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts including Property from the Reed & Barton Archives sale. Pewter tea sets from the 1830s, original silver drawings and designs, fine sterling silver and plated wares, extensive samples of the surgical tools the company manufactured for the US Army in World War II, and the original samples of the medals made for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games are some of the items being offered in this notable auction.

The most significant work is the monumental important and historic “Progress Vase” exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 (pictured). This masterpiece, designed by W.C. Beattie, earned the company the Centennial’s Medal of Excellence. The range of objects from the historic Taunton, Massachusetts factory will encompass and celebrate the legacy and importance of Reed & Barton.  Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house, is proud to be offering works from the venerable American design and manufacturing firm, Reed & Barton.
 
American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts including Property from the Reed & Barton Archives
November 11, 2015
 
Complete details about the collection, special events and auction will be forthcoming.
For media & image inquiries: Tara Theune Davis | 267.414.1229 | ttdavis@freemansauction.com

Freeman's Vice President and silver specialist David Walker takes a closer look at the historic "Progress Vase," a highlight of the works of the Reed & Barton Archives.

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