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The Old Master Design by Towle began in 1942. However, some pieces have the family "mark" stamped on the back (T with lion) & Towle Sterling: Yet some pieces of the same pattern only have Towle Sterling Pat.

Do you know what year they stopped stamping the "mark" on their silver and does it make a difference in the value?

Thank you,
JoAnn

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Hi, JoAnn.

I believe they stopped using that mark in the 1950's but I am not certain. It's been my experience that the difference in marks does not have a great impact on value - maybe none at all. To my way of thinking, condition is more important. I should be totally accurate here by syaing that to a minority of collectors, the mark does make a difference. But the size of that group is small, I think.

Best wishes,

Jim

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Jim Stringer

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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