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Town Talk's history

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

Logo of Town Talk celebrating 125 years

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.

Mr Town Talk vintage advertising from the early 1900s

Early 1900's The Birth of Mr Town Talk

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.

Town Talk packaging from the early 1920s

Early 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!

Town Talk vintage adverts from the 1930s

1930's Town Talk and the Media

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

Vintage advertising for Town Talk Polish Co.

1950's - 1970's 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.

Vintage Town Talk furniture polish tin

1980's Introducing Household

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

Mr Town Talk in the 2000s

2000's Bringing Mr Town Talk to Life

During these years, Town Talk’s branding evolved to show illustrations of Mr Town Talk doing his favourite polishing and cleaning! He’s still an iconic part of the Town Talk brand.

Award-winning Town Talk wax tins

2003 Award Winning Designs

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

Town Talk's household range in 2006

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.

Town Talk polish in Downton Abbey

2012 Starring in Downton Abbey

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

Carling Cup being cleaned with a Town Talk polishing cloth

2014 The Choice of Professionals

The pictured Town Talk Silver Polishing Cloth was used during the re-making of both the FA cup & for the final polish of the Carling cup – the choice of professionals world wide!

Royal Warrant for Town Talk, a Royal Warrant Holder

2019/2020 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.