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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have my parents Harrison bBos & Howson 90 piece bone

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good morning
I have my parents Harrison bBos & Howson 90 piece bone handle cutlery set.
the spoons are marked a1
The fish knifes are marked HB&H S
i am guessing its around 60 years old
what is it worth ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

It is difficult to tell what pieces you have and how many of each you gave.

Please tell me how many your set serves then how many pieces each person has at his place at the table. Then I need a list of serving pieces.

I am familiar with sets like this as I used to sell them in my former store.

Kind regards,


Kind regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doris
8 Piece cutlery set
- Dinner knife and fork
- soup spoon
- bread knife
- salad fork
- fish knife and fork
- desert spoons large ?
- desert spoons small ?
- teaspoonsCarving knife , fork and Steele
Bread knife
serving spoons 4 large and 2 small
90 pieces in all
and the handles are bone
the veneer on the top of the lid has peeled off
The carving knife has been worn down and the bread knife is well worn
the remainder of the bone handles are in good condition
shout if u need more picsi would prefer to talk when u have looked at the pictures , please call me.
Wayne (###) ###-####
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

As I mentioned in my introduction,

Most of us in the appraisal category do not accept request for live conversations.

Accurate answers require research.

Does your set serve 6?

How many pieces does each person have?

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
8 person cutlery setEach person gets
- Dinner knife and fork 2
- soup spoon 1
- bread knife 1
- salad fork 1
- fish knife and fork 2
- desert spoons large ? 1
- desert spoons small ? 1
- teaspoons 1
= 10 pieces per person multiplied by 8 place settings
= 80 individual piecesplus there isCarving knife, fork and Steele = 3 pieces
Bread knife = 1 piece
serving spoons 4 large and 2 small = 6 pieces
Totaling serving 10 pieces
80 individual plus 10 serving = TOTAL 90 piecesthis was detailed out in my last response and is clearly shown in the pictures sent ?additional info, i included in my first response, i think might be off assistance
Harrison Bos & Howson 90 piece bone handle cutlery set.
the spoons are marked a1
The fish knifes are marked HB&H S
copies of these marks were included in the pictures sent previouslythanks
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Thank you so much for the information.

Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,


Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry I had to ask for a list but I could not identify the pieces under the first layer in your image.

The mark you sent an image of was used by Harrison Bros and Howson of Sheffield, UK. Your plated silver set dates ca 1940s. As you may know, the G R represents the monarch George VI Regent.

The A1 and Alpha represent the high quality plating of the set.

Your cased set as marked and described by you has a retail vintage store value of $800-900 assuming good condition.

A private seller to a dealer can expect 30-60% of retail value.

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Thank you.

Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Let me know,
Kind regards,