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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tonycooper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The sterling piece at

is not shown in Dolan's "American Sterling Silver Flatware" in Towle's section. I'm sure the mark is Towle, and the piece is marked "Sterling'.

I'd appreciate help in identifying it, of course, but the bigger questions is "Are there patterns not shown?".

The problem can be that I'm seeing the pattern in Dolan but just not recognizing it, or I'm seeing a Towle mark that is not a Towle mark and the brain is a malfunctioning.
Both are possible, but I'm rejecting both at this point.

If there are patterns not shown in Dolan, then I can rest easy. If there are not patterns not shown, I have to figure out why the brain is malfunctioning. I have a couple of other pieces that are also unfindable, but the marks are not as clear as the Towle mark. So, I thought I'd start here.

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure there are patterns not shown in Dolan, and there are many designs that weren't made as full-line patterns, and some patterns that were multi-motif. This one looks like it might be a variation on Towle's Arlington.

Cheryl ;o)

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Cheryl, this looks very much like Towle Arlington which is multi-motif. Turner does note which patterns are and which are not subject to variation.

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Replacements has a Towle Arlington sugar spoon with this exact design. If you look at their Arlington stock it seems that almost every piece has a different variation on the theme.

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tonycooper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the confirmations that
  1. I can still recognize a Towle mark, and
  2. am not missing a page from my copy of Dolan's.

I'm in a good mood tonight. I bought a wide-field 10X Peak "Lupe" (I've always spelled it "Loupe") that makes recognizing marks so much easier than with my old 3X glass.

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