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I have a childs set consisting of a small knife, fork & spoon in a yellow box with teddy bears on the cover. It is a Holmes & Edwads set that I got as a gift from a Jewelry store in Reading, Pa. when I was a child around 60 yrs. ago. Does that have any real value today?

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Hi Cheryl and thanks for your post. What you have is what is usually referred to as a childs or gift set probably made between World Wars I & II, even though you received it after the wars, a Holmes & Edwards set might have been in the stores stock for a few years before it was sold.
Holmen & Edwards was a good silver plate company and is responsible for several innovations.
I'm not an appraiser and leave valuation to those providing that service on a full time basis, but I can say the original box would support a higher value.
Given the vintage you can be sure the quality is better than newer items and you might consider keeping it in the family for use by future generations.
If I can be of further service, just let us know.
Enjoy your silver, Mitch Paul

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Mitch Paul

Expertise

Identifying and dating Sterling, Coin and Silver plate. Finding difficult to find marks on silver. Not involved in weaponry,jewelry or musical instruments (this is best offered by those working full time in those fields) Not involved in valuing or appraising items.

Experience

Conducting restoration events in fine jewelry, china crystal & silver stores and bridal registries from coast to coast. Primarily involved in restoration, plating & repair of heirloom, decorative, presentation items. Flatware, hollow ware, dresser ware, alter and religious items and personal goods.

Organizations
Society of American Silversmiths.

Education/Credentials
Mostly attending lectures and researching goods submitted for prospective restoration and repair. With a background in infectious disease / public health and spending hours and years over a microscope, it makes finding those hidden, diminished and difficult to locate maker marks a welcome challenge.

Awards and Honors
The only entry I can place here is the interest of establishments hosting our events season after season and many repeat customers.

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Upon request and best based upon locality.

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