Dear Old Man. I enjoy your articles in The Best Times. Can you tell me about Harris Strong? Who he is/ was and the value of the tile that has been in our house for as long as I can remember.


Harris Strong

Dear MM:

I am honored that you have sought my opinion.

Harris G. Strong was born July 6, 1920, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. During World War II he served in the Army as a cryptographer in the Pacific. After being discharged, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in chemical engineering and later studied ceramic art at New York University.

He and his wife, Rosyln founded Harris G. Strong, Inc., in the Bronx, New York, in 1950. He soon became successful making decorated ceramic tiles.

Strong died Oct. 8, 2006.

Your tile is composed of three tiles that are framed and depict a serial presentation of land (trees, deer, children and houses), sea (fish, anchors), and air (birds, sun and moon).

Your tile was made in Strong’s Bronx office and factory in the 50s or 60s.

Fair market value would be $175-$200.

He also made single tiles that range from $65-$90 and some tile pictures, which are 8 to 10 tiles, can be in the $1,000-$1,500 range.

Ed Tuten, This Old Man, is the executive secretary of the New England Appraisers Association. His phone numbers are 901-758-2659 (land) 901-216-7070 (cell). 6973 Crestridge Rd, Memphis, TN 38119 I am happy to answer your questions at any time.

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