Towle Sterling Silver Flatware

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Towle silversmiths have been in continuous operation along the Merrimac River in Massachusetts over three hundred years. Since the company's beginning in 1690, the long line of Towle silversmiths have been considered leaders in the sterling silver flatware industry. Both newly minted and vintage Towle pieces are highly desired and collected.

In 1682, William Moulton II struck out on his own, leaving behind his family farm and any sense of security. He ultimately settled near Newbury, Massachusetts, along the banks of the Merrimac River, and tried his hand at silversmithing. He was the first such craftsman in the region, and began a legacy which has lasted for six generations.

The very earliest patterns, like "Canterbury" and "Georgian", both of which debuted in the 1890s, set a standard for beauty and symmetry which, to this day, defines the Towle name. Towle's most popular pattern, "Old Master", perfectly exemplifies Towle standards: elegant and ornate details, balance of design, and superior craftsmanship.

Towle Sterling Silver Flatware: American History

In business since the before the United States was a country, it's appropriate that many of Towle's most popular, enduring patterns are named after prestigious figures in American history. The "Benjamin Franklin" pattern, which debuted in 1904, is a perfect representation of the popular fiddle-shaped design. Other historical patterns include "Paul Revere" and "Jefferson." As a tribute to Towle's significance as an American institution, the "Marie Louise" pattern (created in 1939) was the official sterling service pattern for all United States embassies for many years.


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