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Main Boards => Trad History/Collecting => Topic started by: Hud on June 26, 2018, 07:04:20 PM

Two Serial No.s on Howatt Hunters are HH51329 and HH51305, would that be bowyer #5, 1961, or 1971, and sequence 329 and 305?

HHS = 1964, sequentially numbered.

approximately 1500 bows made each year by Howatt at that point

As Mark pointed out the first number in the serial digits is of no value in dating a Howatt until 1972.
The key to identifying the year a Howatt was made between 1961 and 1971 is the 3rd letter in the model indicator. \
S is the letter used in 1964. So HHS is a Howatt Hunter made in 1964. HH for Hunter and S is the 1964 year suffix letter.
HSS would be a 1964 HiSpeed. HS for HiSpeed and S for 1964
HHX is a 1963 Hunter as X is the suffix letter for 1963 models.
Figured that out two years ago.

If the first number is a 5 then the bows are both 1975.
Are the risers all rosewood or are they guibourtia with a vertical stripe down the middle?
All rosewood will be 1964 and the vertical stripe will be 1975's.