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

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Towle Sterling Flatware- 12 Place Settings
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Towle Sterling Flatware- 12 Place Settings
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,1006 Bids
TOWLE "SYMPHONY" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET
Oct 26, 6:00 PM PDT
TOWLE "SYMPHONY" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $500- $750
$2501 Bid
Towle Louis XIV Sterling Flatware, 99 Pieces
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Towle Louis XIV Sterling Flatware, 99 Pieces
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
A (lot of 31) Towle Seville sterling flatware service
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A (lot of 31) Towle Seville sterling flatware service
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A (lot of 19) Towle Beaded sterling flatware service
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A (lot of 19) Towle Beaded sterling flatware service
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
80 PIECE TOWLE OLD MASTER STERLING FLATWARE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
80 PIECE TOWLE OLD MASTER STERLING FLATWARE
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
TOWLE NORDIC MODERNIST STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
TOWLE NORDIC MODERNIST STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$500 Bids
A (lot of 93) Towle Benjamin Franklin sterling flatware service
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A (lot of 93) Towle Benjamin Franklin sterling flatware service
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
Towle OLD COLONIAL Sterling Flatware, 121 Pieces
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Towle OLD COLONIAL Sterling Flatware, 121 Pieces
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,7000 Bids
Vintage TOWLE STERLING SILVER Children’s Rattle
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage TOWLE STERLING SILVER Children’s Rattle
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
4 pcs. Assorted Sterling Silver Hollowware
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
4 pcs. Assorted Sterling Silver Hollowware
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
71 pcs. Towle King Richard Sterling Flatware
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
71 pcs. Towle King Richard Sterling Flatware
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids
Towle Old Colonial Sterling Silver Flatware
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Towle Old Colonial Sterling Silver Flatware
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
52 PC. TOWLE "CHASED DIANA" STERLING FLATWARE
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
52 PC. TOWLE "CHASED DIANA" STERLING FLATWARE
by Burchard Galleries Inc
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Towle Flatware


Clars Auction Gallery

Clars Auction Gallery

Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Eldred's

Eldred's

Burchard Galleries Inc

Burchard Galleries Inc