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Reed & Barton At Silver Superstore

Reed & Barton: A History Of Beautiful Design

For nearly two centuries, the name Reed & Barton has been synonymous with superior craftsmanship and timeless elegance. The company is family-owned and is one of the oldest silversmiths in the U.S. It is largely known for its popular flatware patterns, but it manufactures hundreds of other items that delight collectors or become cherished family heirlooms.

A History in Silver

Reed & Barton was founded under another name in Massachusetts in 1824. Its earliest products were made of Britannia metal, a pewter alloy appreciated for its smooth, silvery finish. Many are surprised to learn that the Oscar statuette is made of Britannia dipped in gold. In subsequent years, Reed & Barton designers expanded their skills with pewter, silverplate and sterling silver.

In 1858, when silver was discovered in Nevada, Reed & Barton capitalized on the increased demand for solid pieces. Not only was silver durable and pleasing to the eye, but it was easy to melt down and convert to currency during hard times.

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Bell Ornaments From Silver Superstore

Beautiful Bells To Adorn Your Tree This Holiday Season

Christmas bells ring in a season of joy, happy memories and closeness with family and friends. They go hand in hand with the aroma of baking gingerbread, the crackle of logs on the fire and the twinkling of lights on a decorated tree. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without bells.

Carry on the tradition by making finely crafted bell ornaments a part of your holiday decor.

Reed & Barton Christmas Bell

Christmas Bell 2018

Reed & Barton Christmas Bell 2018

This year’s design is a testament to understated elegance. The smooth, lustrous surface beneath the plain finial catches the light to stunning effect.

 

“Christmas 2018” is engraved in classic italicized font on the front. The back awaits your own personal engraving.

This timeless piece will add shimmering allure to a holiday tree, wreath or garland.

Size: 3 inches by 2 ½ inches

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Give The Gift Of Barware

Give The Gift Of Custom Barware From Silver Superstore

Bartending is challenging and fun, especially when company’s coming. Having the perfect utensils and glassware not only makes your drinks taste better, but it makes your guests feel pampered.

Take advantage of the vast selection of barware available from Silver Superstore. We have everything from tankards to mint julep cups to one-of-a-kind coasters. We even carry practical items such as jiggers, strainers and shakers made of high-quality stainless steel.

Are you prepared if someone requests a Moscow mule? This classic cocktail made of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice went out of vogue for several years, but it has recently made a comeback. Furthermore, there are at least a dozen new variations that call for gin, tequila, bourbon, Irish whiskey or even culinary ingredients like dried lavender.

In short, it may be time to stock up on copper Moscow mule mugs.

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Christmas Items From Silver Superstore

Before you know it, there will be a noticeable nip in the air. The changing leaves will usher in Thanksgiving, and the proverbial silver bells will ring in Christmas.

Make this holiday memorable with gifts, ornaments and table settings that will be treasured for generations to come. Silver Superstore has a wide variety of unique keepsakes, and our custom engraving service will make them deeply personal.

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A History Of The Reed & Barton Cross

A Look At The Reed & Barton Cross

2019 Reed and Barton Cross

For 49 years, people have anticipated the newest edition of the Reed & Barton Christmas Cross. There is more to their enthusiasm than the satisfaction of adding to their collections.

Like traditional holiday recipes or gift-giving rituals, the reappearance of treasured ornaments cheers the soul. Unwrapping them and taking careful inventory brings to mind the stories attached to them, especially when they’ve been passed down for generations. Arranging them on Christmas trees, mantels, wreaths or gift boxes is one of the year’s most pleasant pastimes.

The First Ornaments

Germans of the 16th century get credit for innovating decorated Christmas trees as we know them today, and it is believed that Protestant reformer Martin Luther was the first to light one with candles.

Christmas trees gained popularity in America in the late 1800s. The first ornaments were baked goods or homemade trinkets, but German immigrants began making reusable decorations. The practice quickly caught on. With the advent of Christmas tree lights in 1880, ornament makers started to use materials that reflected their twinkle.

Silver ornaments became an especially popular choice in the 1970s. Silver’s durability makes it ideal for years of decorating, and its reflective luster is enhanced by the deep green boughs and glowing lights of a Christmas tree.

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A History Of Gorham & The Gorham Snowflake

A Brief History of Gorham & Their Annual Gorham Snowflake

The 2021 Gorham Snowflake is in stock. Buy it now while supplies last!

The 2021 Gorham Snowflake ornament in sterling silver with red ribbon.

One of the cheeriest days of the year is the day that holiday ornaments are unpacked. Greeting familiar items warms a winter day like nothing else, especially when trinkets have been in the family for years.

The annually issued Gorham Snowflakes are particularly elegant pieces. Their appearance varies from year to year, but it remains true to the original designer’s vision. For almost 50 years, these sterling silver ornaments have been brightening Christmas trees, fireplace mantels and gift boxes across the country.

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Get Your Silver Ornaments Today!

Christmas Comes Early with Silver Superstore!

 

The calendar has flipped over to June, and here at Silver Superstore that can only mean one thing: our 2017 silver Christmas ornaments have started rolling in! And as much as we love a good backyard barbecue, it’s never too early to plan ahead and get your hands on your annual favorites.

 

Gorham Snowflake

Gorham Silver Snowflake Ornament with Red Ribbon

2017 Gorham Snowflake

This gorgeous creation is a six-sided piece of .925 sterling silver adorned with a red ribbon. This festive item is guaranteed made in the USA and is stamped Gorham Sterling on the edge. It’s the 48th in a long line of terrific ornaments crafted with Old World charm and dedication to quality. The snowflake is 3.5 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide. It glimmers in the light from the sheen of its reflective surface. The concentric hexagon pattern repeats on both sides, so it will look marvelous from any angle.

You can also adorn the Gorham Snowflake with an Engraving Tag and add a special message. Both sides can be engraved ($6.00 extra for the second side). There are 15 fonts from which you can choose. It also comes with both a protective pouch and an attractive gift box. As with real snowflakes, no two Gorham versions are the same from year to year.

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Refreshing Independence Day Cocktails

Eight Refreshing Cocktails For Your Classy July 4th BBQ

If you are looking to make your Fourth of July gathering red, white and boozy, you need the right barware and drink recipes. Summer cocktails should be light, fun and classy. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Blue Sparkler

This drink should be served on ice. Use thick ice cubes to add some white coloring to the drink. To mix the drink, combine a cup of UV Blue, a cup of mango Absolut vodka and two cans of your favorite lemon-lime soda. Add a drop of blue food coloring for a vibrant color. Drop a few cherries in the drink to garnish it, and you can add a splash of grenadine if you wish. For ultimate visual appeal, serve it in a crystal Double Old Fashioned glass from Crystal by Godinger.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

For this drink, mix a bottle of white wine with one-half cup each of simple syrup, berry vodka and lemon juice. Add a cup of triple sec. Cut fresh pineapple slices into star shapes with a sharp knife. You can use a small cookie cutter as a guide if you have one. Put the slices in the pitcher, and add some blueberries and strawberry slices. Chill before serving. This refreshing cocktail looks stunning in a crystal pitcher such as the Serenity pitcher made by Nambe.

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Why Moscow Mules Come In Copper Mugs

Why Are Moscow Mules Served In Copper Mugs?

The Moscow Mule is a simple yet popular mixed drink. It consists of lime juice, vodka and ginger beer. This beverage first appeared in 1941, according to The New York Times. It succeeded in greatly boosting the demand for both vodka and copper mugs. You can find several reasons to serve a Moscow Mule in this type of cup.

Extra Cold 

Beverages feel colder if you drink them from copper vessels. The metal’s temperature immediately drops when someone adds a cool liquid and ice cubes to a mug. Consequently, the drink seems particularly refreshing. Cocktail enthusiasts have recognized this advantage of copper for hundreds of years.

Insulating

This material doesn’t only create a chilly sensation. It also insulates the beverage from warm air. Your Moscow Mule will remain as cold as possible, and the ice cubes won’t dilute it by melting too soon. The insulating effect benefits drinkers who venture outdoors on hot summer days or sip cocktails in rooms that lack air conditioning.

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The Best Silver Wedding Gifts

The Best Silver Wedding Gifts

A wedding is one of the biggest celebrations and most memorable milestones in anyone’s life, which is why marriages are commemorated with special gifts from friends and family. Silver and silver-plated items are classic choices and are often passed down to future generations as treasured heirlooms. Personalizing these gifts with elegant engraving makes them even more distinctive and precious.

If you’re looking for something special to present to loved ones on their wedding day, consider these stunning, unique items from the Silver Superstore.

Toasting Flutes

True Love Toasting Flutes are the perfect gift for a wedding!

True Love Toasting Flutes

Toasting flutes can be used at the wedding when the champagne is poured and at any special occasion thereafter. Hand-washable and available in a variety of designs, these stunning flutes look beautiful on any formal table.

When choosing glassware, look for a style in line with the overall theme of the wedding. Long-stem flutes with flared bowls impart a modern feel. Rounded flutes reflect a traditional image, and flutes with flared lips add a unique look to the setup. Even the style of the foot, whether flat or curved, contributes to the beauty of the piece. Choose a combination with the right characteristics to commemorate the couple’s love.


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