Our history

TOWN TALK'S HISTORY

First founded in 1895, Town Talk Polish has 125 years of history. Below is a timeline that shows how the company has grown and become the established brand it is today. 

1895

Where it began

In the 1890s an inventive gent from Lancashire developed a number of ways to clean and polish Victorian silverware. Taking advantage of the local pure, soft Pennine water and the high-quality cotton woven in nearby mills, he perfected one particular item – an impregnated silver polishing cloth. This was a novel combination of an already successful silver polishing liquid, and the soft cotton so readily to hand.

Its ease of use and effective anti-tarnish qualities led to it quickly becoming the ‘talk of the town’ and so, in 1895, ‘The Town Talk Polish Company,’ was founded. To this day, a Town Talk Silver Polishing Cloth is considered to be the finest available by silversmiths and professional jewellers the world over.

1895
Early 1900s

The birth of Mr Town Talk, The Polished Gentleman

In the early 20th century, as Town Talk became more established, a celebrated artist called Austin Knight created the Town Talk Logo, featuring the animated image of Mr Town Talk, The polished Gentleman. Mr Town Talk continues to represent our company values, epitomising our lasting commitment to the utmost in quality, customer service and ease of use.

Early 1900s
1920’s

Becoming global

In the 1920’s, with such specialist products not widely available, the company began exporting internationally. Now Town Talk exports to over 50 countries and 5 continents!

1920’s
1930s

Town Talk and the media

Amid a media boom, Town Talk Polish began press advertising and selling through jewellers, silversmiths, ironmongers and chemists.

1930s
1950s - 1970s

Product expansion

Town Talk’s 3 original products, the Silver and Gold Polishing Cloths and a Silver Plate Powder, were extended through a focus on new product development. Specialist jewellery cleaners were introduced alongside the Silver Care range.

1950s - 1970s
1980’s

Introducing Household products

Town Talk’s first furniture wax /polish was introduced to the market, becoming the 1st household product in the range.

1980’s
2006

Launching the Original Household Range

In this year, Town Talk’s Original Household Range was launched, encompassing a collection of surface cleaners, floor cleaners, laundry products and washing up liquids.

 

2006
2006

Award winning designs

The oval wax tin design won a prestigious MPMA Best in Metal silver award for design.

2006
2012

Starring in Downton Abbey

Town Talk’s original Silver Polish was recreated for an appearance on ITV’s award-winning TV drama Downton Abbey. It is still widely used in many historic houses to this day.

2012
2014

The choice of Professionals

Town Talk Polishing Cloths were used during the re-making of both the FA cup & for the final polish of the Carling cup – the choice of professionals world wide!

2014
2014

The re-making of the FA Cup

2014
2019

The story continues

Town Talk had the honour of being granted the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen.

This, alongside the launch of newly designed packaging and reaching 125 years in business, marks the continuation of exciting and promising prospects for the years to come.

2019
2020

Town Talk celebrates 125 years!

2020