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This Reed & Barton piece was given to us. I am trying to get some insight as to value, age, and maybe basic history. The bottom says "Mf'd & plated by Reed & Barton" then gives a number that is partly illegible (2239?) Then "Design pat Jan 5" either 1859 or 1959 (the numbers are hard to make out). It also has a 4 (or i guess it could be a vx?) that is etched into the bottom. Each side has a medallion with a profile bust of what looks like roman figures (soldiers? Royalty?). Short sides have the same figure (female?) and long sides have same figure (male)
Thank you,


I have not seen a piece like this before so I can't be much help here. I recommend taking it by some high end antique stores in your area to get their opinions. If antique shows come to your area, take the piece in to the next one and show it to several silver dealers.

Sorry I could not help.


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