Christian Ker Reid was the founder of Reid & Sons. He was born in Edinburgh on the 8th September 1756. At the age of twelve he became the apprentice of the silversmith William Davie. On completing his term with Davie, he managed to secure a position with Langlands & Robertson. He arrived in Newcastle upon Tyne from Edinburgh in 1778 to start his work.
In 1788, after ten years with Langlands & Robertson, Christian Ker Reid opened a business of his own. He was firstly based on the south side of St Nicholas Churchyard, moving to the Groat Market in 1790, and then finally to Dean Street in 1801.
His first submission to the Newcastle Assay Office was on the 1st February 1791.
After his death in 1834, the firm was continued by his sons William Ker Reid, David Reid and Christian Bruce Reid.
View the collection of silverware by Christian Ker Reid below...
Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.