A Harvey cartoon cookie jar, with only six known to exist called "Herman & Katnip" manufactured by American Bisque in Williamstown, sold recently for $10,143.67 at Hake's Americana Auctions in York. Pa.
Also selling at auction was several other American Bisque cookie jars:
Selling for $2,530 was "Little Audrey."
A 13-inch "Baby Huey" valued at $2,000 up to $5,000 sold for $2,500.
Olive Oyl (Popeye's) girlfriend today valued at $2,200 sold for $347.88 with three buyers bidding on it.
Popeye estimated to bring $1,000 to $2,000 sold for $345.
A 1940s "Cow jumped over the moon" marked No. 806 USA estimated to bring $1,000 to $2,000 sold for $ 416.18.
A late 1950s "Cookies out of this world" sold for $688.49.
"Yogi Bear" marked Hanna Barbera Productions and made by American bisque valued at $850 to $1,000 sold for $459.20 with three buyers bidding on it.
Wilma Flintstone standing 11.5 inches tall sold for $278.30, valued at $850 to $1,000.
A 1940s Donald Duck estimated to bring $200 to $400 sold for $172.50, with only one buyer bidding on it.
A 9-inch 'Ludwig Von Drake valued at $1,500 plus, sold for $ 287.50, with one person bidding on it.
American bisque was founded in 1919, in Williamstown and closed in 1982.
For a complete list of over 300 American Bisque Cookie jars and their value write or e-mail me.
Letters from readers:
Q.: I found this old clock in the upstairs of a store front on Putnam Street in Marietta. The clock is round face and has rows of numbers 1-80. Can you tell me anything about the clock? - S.E., Marietta.
A.: What you have is an employee time clock. Each employee had a numbered key and would put it in the hole on the front of the clock. These clocks don't sell well at auctions today.
Q.: While clearing out my grandfather's estate in Marietta, I found some old stocks and bond certificates on companies that once operated in Marietta. Can you tell me what they are worth? - B.T., Little Hocking.
A.: Go to your library. Look in the directory of obsolete securities (Financial Information Inc.) or Capitol changes daily (Commerce Clearing House). You can also contact the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission at SEC Headquarters, 100 F. St., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20549; or online at www.sec.gov/answers/oldcer.htm. Good luck.
Larry Koon is the author of several price guide books on antiques and collectibles. His column appears every Monday on Life. Send letters to Treasure in the Attic, c/o The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta 45750; or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. When writing, send a complete description of the item, along with size, color, any markings on the item along with condition the item is in, and how the item was obtained, and any other information. If possible, send a photograph. Letters will be answered through this column.