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I have two sets of Reed and Barton Burgundy sterling silver I am planning to sell.  One set of 12 has the notched dinner size knives.  One set of 8 has the un-notched dinner size knives.  Are the notched vintage or antique?  Thank you.

Hi, Ellen.

I'm not sure what you mean by "notched". Perhaps you are referring to the French-style blade. You can see a picture at this site: . Based on the prices asked on the referenced page, the French-style knives do have a higher value on the replacement market. However, that is primarily of interest to a person who already has this style of knife. A person purchasing a set for the first time probably won't care very much, if at all.

I would not consider any piece in this pattern an "antique" because the pattern was introduced in 1949. It's still an active pattern from R&B.

Before attempting to sell your sets, I suggest looking at the prices received on actual recent sales on eBay.

Best wishes,


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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at I also author a blog at and write articles about silver at ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........


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