These two (2) teaspoons are produced by the Towle Mfg. Co. patented 1889 and are marked as 3 ounces of silver. They also have a makers mark embedded on the top of handle on the back, but I cannot make it out. They are monogrammed with the letter “K” or is it an “R”?
The spoons are tarnished with some wear on the spoon base.
William Moulton IV (1772–1861) was the fifth in line of the Moulton silversmithng family. His shop was in Newburyport, MA. William had two apprentices; Anthony Francis Towle and William P. Jones. His son, Joseph Moulton (1814-1903), the sixth and final in the family line, sold the silver business to the apprentices; Anthony Francis Towle and William P. Jones in 1857 to form Towle & Jones, Co.
In 1873, the son of Anthony Francis Towle, Edward Bass Towle, was added to the business, and the name was changed to A.F. Towle & Son. It was in business through 1902, at which point their dies were purchased by Rogers, Lunt and Bowlen, who were later to become Lunt Silversmiths.
In 1882, Anthony Francis Towle, established the Towle Manufacturing Co. In 1890, the company adopted the trademark of a large script "T" enclosed by a lion. Eventually the company's name was changed to Towle Silversmiths.
In 1990, Towle Silversmiths was acquired by the holding company Syratech Inc., which also owned Wallace Silversmiths and the International Silver Co. In 2006, Lifetime Brands Inc. purchased Syratech Inc.
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