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Towle Pattern Help-Lovely Old Fork
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:59 am
None of my resource books show this lovely, Towle pattern. It was patented Aug. 6, 1887. Does anyone know this one? Thanks so much!
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:33 am
That is quite pretty, I don't find it in my references either, so would guess that it was not a full-line pattern. Interestingly, the only Towle patent I find for that date is #D17637 (issued to E.J. Stanton, assigned to Towle) for the engraved Clover pattern - makes me wonder if the date refers to the engraved design on the tines rather than the handle pattern.
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:09 pm
Cheryl, thank you so much for your reply. We had the same thought, that it might not be a fulll line. If I may ask. How do you check for a ptatent with just a date and name as you did with this? The only way I know to check a patent is if I have the number.
Thank you again for getting back to me.
Demetrios & Geraldine
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:48 pm
You can go to google patents and use their advanced search, can also use the advanced search function on the patent office site, pre-1976 searches are limited though. I enjoy trolling through the google site, but it does have numerous spelling errors and gaps.
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:02 pm
Thanks again! We are going to go check it out right this minute!