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iconnumber posted 01-06-2010 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi everyone,

I am thinking about starting to collect Georgian pieces by Towle. Tere Hagan says that this pattern is currently in production. Is there a difference in marks between current pieces and more vintage ones closer to the date of introduction in 1898? Are there other differences in the pattern? I learned from early posts that this pattern has also been interestingly made in stainless.

Also, I think I know the answer to this question, but interested to hear what others think. Is there an advantage in the broadest sense to collecting older pieces of a pattern rather than new, current ones?

Thanks for any help.


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iconnumber posted 01-06-2010 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Usually older pieces have crisper details than later ones. And many of the really fun items are no longer made. So, older is usually more desirable.

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iconnumber posted 01-06-2010 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that the older ones would be better, though it is more than a matter of those having crisper detail. After Lennie Florence bought Towle, he moved the production to Puerto Rico, and as he habitually paid the lowest wages possible, and knowing the old adage that you get what you pay for, the quality took a terrible beating, more than losing crispness. One retailer we deal with told us he had to send back 70% of what Towle sent him because the quality was so low. Some designs were only half struck, or detail was ground away. etc.

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2010 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your replies.

So, is there no difference in marks between say a period piece of Georgian and a newer piece? Is it just a matter of looking at quality, workmanship and weight?

Thanks again, Kelly

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2010 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marks are a whole 'nother story. They can and do vary all over the place. Experience will guide you in this as you actually handle pieces.

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