Towle Silversmiths was formed as the Towle Manufacturing Company in 1880 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 1682 William Moulton II (1664-1732) left the family farm in Hampton, New Hampshire and settled near the Merrimac River in a section of Newbury, Massachusetts that was later to become Newburyport. In 1690, William was the first to attempt silversmithing in Newbury, thus gaining the title of the first silversmith in a long lineage of craftsmen. Six consecutive generations of Moulton silversmiths followed. Towle Silversmiths represents centuries of silversmithing without interruption on the banks of the Merrimac River in Newburyport.
This lovely sterling and royal blue enameled bowl #521 is the result of the "explosion of color" that pervaded silverware in the 1960's was in reaction to the 1950's metal-ware of Scandinavia. Experiments in enamel-ware at the Towle Silversmiths were motivated by the enamel work of Margaret Craver Withers and the jeweler/metal-smith Earl Pardon. The bowl, which sits on a raised, ribbed base, measures 5" across the top, 2 7/8" in height and 2 7/8" across the base. It is stamped "Towle Silversmiths Newburyport Massachusetts, the Towle logo of a Lion within a shield, Sterling & 521". It weighs 7.155 ounces and is in excellent condition with no damages to the silver or enameling; there is some light patina.