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Thomas French / Towle Mfg Company 1928 Silver Medal

 
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 Posted 02/11/2022  06:33 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Eligius to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am looking for information about the following medal:
Silver, 53 mm and 51.2 grams
O: TOHOMAS FRENCH * 1903 - 1928 / 25 YEARS CONTINUOUS SERVICE (in wreath)
R: TOWER MFG COMPANY / SILVERSMITHS/ (logo) / Newburyport Mass

Probably a commemorative medal for either an employee of Tower Mfg Company or a commemorative for the company Thomas French.

Medal came in a plastic box, probably not the original one.

I could not find a reference for this medal. Any help in explaining or providing a reference for this medal will be appreciated!
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02/11/2022 06:35 am
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 Posted 02/11/2022  06:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a pretty cool piece. Looks like there is a genealogical website for people with the last name French here:

http://www.frenchfamilyassoc.com/FF.../Library.htm

You might be able to track down information on this long-time employee.

Added: here is a link to a silver round with the same lion mark plus the factory building:

http://tokencatalog.com/token_recor...rd_offset=12
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 Posted 02/11/2022  7:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Towle Manufacturing Company is still around. It makes silver and silver plate dinnerware.
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 Posted 02/13/2022  05:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Eligius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I checked the Towle Silversmiths topic on the 925-1000 forum: https://www.925-1000.com/forum/view...f=38&t=42004
No information to be found there about Thomas French, or the medal.
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 Posted 02/13/2022  06:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The explanation is really quite simple. An employee, Thomas French, was given a medal for working 25 years at this company. Long time service awards were quite common in those days. It is still done nowadays, but not so many people work 25 years at one place anymore, and they probably would not get a medal. Working for a silversmith, it is no surprise that the award was a silver medal.
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 Posted 02/14/2022  11:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
but not so many people work 25 years at one place anymore
I will reach 25 years this May. I would love to have a medal, though I am not holding my breath.
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