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Reed and Barton Metal Selection Guide

Choosing Your Metal

Sterling Silver? Silverplate? Stainless Steel? Reed and Barton offers several varieties of their acclaimed fine flatware to fit any budget. Below is a brief comparison of the types available:

Sterling Silver:

  • Most precious of all flatware metals
  • Composed of a mixture of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% metal alloy (copper and other metals—used for strength)
  • High silver content makes it the heaviest, and most expensive, of all flatware
  • “Sterling” back stamp ensures authenticity and that each piece meets the U.S. Government's standards for solid silver


  • Made from a metal alloy of nickel and copper, coated (electroplated) with a layer of 100% silver
  • Offers the luxurious look and feel of sterling, yet is less expensive

Stainless Steel:

  • Made from a combination of chromium and nickel, generally in ratios of either 18/8 or 18/10
  • Chromium provides strength and resistance to corrosion; nickel provides luster and enables exceptional pattern definition
  • Economical and easy to care for: dishwasher safe

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