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Silver in Newburyport, Lecture by David C. Walters

Silver in Newburyport, Lecture by David C. Walters

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Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society Lecture: Silver in Newburyport: Harold E. Nock and the Towle Silversmiths
Lecture by David C. Walters
October 22, 2013 at 5:30pm
Strawbery Banke Museum
Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society Lecture: Silver in Newburyport: Harold E. Nock and the Towle Silversmiths
Lecture by David C. Walters
October 22, 2013 at 5:30pm
Strawbery Banke Museum

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Silver in Newburyport
  The fourth in a lecture series for the Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society
is given on October 22 by David C. Walters and his title is “Silver in
Newburyport: Harold E. Nock and The Towle Silversmiths. The lecture isheld in the
Stoodley’s Tavern on Hancock Street, across from the Tyco
Center at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. The lecturestarts at 5:30pm, preceded by refreshments at 5pm. The cost to thegeneral public is $10.00, while members are free. The Newburyport area has maintained a long tradition of silverworkdating back to William Moulton in the 17
th
century. When the IndustrialRevolution put an end to the individual silversmith and his shop,
Moulton’s descendants founded a company in 1882 that took advantage
of new production processes. It came to be known as the TowleSilversmiths and for the next 100 years, the firm played an integral rolein the American silver industry, as well as the Newburyport community.In 1916 Harold E. Nock (1874-1952), an experienced silversmith,accepted a position with Towle. He quickly emerged as its most gifted
designer and would play a pivotal role in the company’s successes, where
he developed over 25 flatware patterns and was granted close to 50patents covering nearly ever
 y aspect of the industry. Yet for all of Nock’s
accomplishments, he remains relatively unknown today. This lecture willprovide an introduction to the history of Towle, highlighting the
contributions of the company’s most accomplished employee.
 David Walters is a silver enthusiast interested in the history of theAmerican silver industry. He has spent the majority of his free time over
the last two years researching Towle’s place among the silver

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