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Help needed please with my fish knives and forks!


#1

Hi
I hope you can help me, I have a set of 6 fish knives and forks, all have the word sterling stamped and the knives have these marks.

Any ideas?

many thanks, Claire.


#2

Your picture is an electroplate mark of Harrison Brothers & Howson of Sheffield. However I am confused by the use of the word sterling. Firstly, as HB&H are an English company it would be very unusual for sterling to be used unless your knives and forks were intended for the export market, e.g. USA. Secondly why is there an electroplate mark in conjunction with the sterling stamp? I assume as you have not mentioned it, that there is no hallmark? Is the HB&H on the same part of the knives as “sterling”? Can you let us see some pictures?


#3

Hi thanks for your reply, here are some more photos

the s is rubbing off a few

Thankyou again, Claire


#4

Thanks for the extra pictures. I deduce therefore that only the ferrules are silver and that the knife blades, and presumably the fork tines if they also have the HB&H mark, are plated.


#5

Hi, thanks for the reply :slight_smile:

The forks have no makers marks only the word sterling stamped in the same place as the knives. Do you know an approx date of this set at all?

Kind regards Claire.


#6

The first half of the 20th century is about as precise as I can be I’m afraid.