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Towle Flatware

While Towle Silversmiths was not officially founded until 1857 as Towle & Jones, its progenitors included members of the Moulton family who claim to have the longest continuous span of silversmithing of any American family. This is a family tradition passed from father to son over a period of more than two hundred years.

The history of Towle can be traced back to the beginning of America itself when William Moulton II left England at the age of 18 to sell silver and other goods in the town of Newbury, Massachusetts. After its founding in 1857, the company passed through several iterations and owners, being called A.F. Towle and Son, Towle Manufacturing Co., and eventually Towle Silversmiths at various points in its early history.

Towle received great fanfare and recognition for its work. Its Mary Louise pattern was adopted as the official sterling silver pattern for U.S. embassies worldwide, and the Contour pattern was the only production line American flatware to be included in New York's Museum of Modern Art "Good Designs" exhibition.


Quick Facts

  • In 1890, Towle Silversmiths adopted the official stamp of an uppercase T swaddled by a lion
  • In October 2015, Skinner Auctions sold a Towle Colonial Flatware Service for more than $1,800
  • Towle sterling silver flatware and antique coffee and tea vessels routinely fetch over a thousand dollars at auction

Recommended Items at Auction

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TOWLE STERLING SILVER FLATWARE & Case 87 pcs
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
TOWLE STERLING SILVER FLATWARE & Case 87 pcs
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $250
$3757 Bids
Towle "Craftsman" sterling silver flatware set. Consists of 8 salad forks, 8 dinner forks, 5
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
Towle "Craftsman" sterling silver flatware set. Consists of 8 salad forks, 8 dinner forks, 5
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4252 Bids
A 129 PIECE TOWLE STERLING SILVER "OLD MASTER" FLATWARE SET, MARKED, 20TH CENTURY,
Oct 01, 9:00 AM CDT
A 129 PIECE TOWLE STERLING SILVER "OLD MASTER" FLATWARE SET, MARKED, 20TH CENTURY,
by Simpson Galleries, LLC
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,1002 Bids
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STERLING. Towle El Grande Sterling Flatware Set.
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
STERLING. Towle El Grande Sterling Flatware Set.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$5502 Bids
76 Pcs. Towle Old Lace Sterling Silver Flatware Set, 77 items
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
76 Pcs. Towle Old Lace Sterling Silver Flatware Set, 77 items
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$6000 Bids
TOWLE STERLING FLATWARE SET - OLD MASTER
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
TOWLE STERLING FLATWARE SET - OLD MASTER
by Americana Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$6000 Bids
Towle Sterling Spoon
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Towle Sterling Spoon
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $80- $800
$800 Bids
TOWLE STERLING FLATWARE SERVICE IN THE "LAFAYETTE" PATTERN
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
TOWLE STERLING FLATWARE SERVICE IN THE "LAFAYETTE" PATTERN
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,5000 Bids
An American Silver Flatware Service
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
An American Silver Flatware Service
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
A Towle Silver Flatware Service
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Towle Silver Flatware Service
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids
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STERLING. Towle Contour Sterling Flatware Service.
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
STERLING. Towle Contour Sterling Flatware Service.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Towle Lady Diana Sterling Silver Handle Dinner knives lot of 6
Oct 02, 6:00 PM EDT
Towle Lady Diana Sterling Silver Handle Dinner knives lot of 6
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $90- $120
$600 Bids
Towle Lady Diana Sterling Silver Teaspoons lot of 12
Oct 02, 6:00 PM EDT
Towle Lady Diana Sterling Silver Teaspoons lot of 12
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $288- $360
$1900 Bids
Towle Lady Diana Sterling Silver Dessert Forks lot of 8
Oct 02, 6:00 PM EDT
Towle Lady Diana Sterling Silver Dessert Forks lot of 8
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $240- $320
$1500 Bids
Towle Lady Constance Sterling Silver Teaspoons lot of 6
Oct 02, 6:00 PM EDT
Towle Lady Constance Sterling Silver Teaspoons lot of 6
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $200- $320
$900 Bids
Towle Stainless Knife With Silver Handle
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Towle Stainless Knife With Silver Handle
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
TOWLE "SILVER FLUTES" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE, SET OF 32,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
TOWLE "SILVER FLUTES" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE, SET OF 32,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
TOWLE "OLD COLONIAL" STERLING SILVER 58-PIECE PARTIAL FLATWARE SERVICE,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
TOWLE "OLD COLONIAL" STERLING SILVER 58-PIECE PARTIAL FLATWARE SERVICE,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Towle Flatware


Lettieri Auction & Appraisal

Lettieri Auction & Appraisal

Clarke Auction Gallery

Clarke Auction Gallery

Hindman

Hindman

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates