A rare 6-inch tall Hutchinson soda bottle, made by the "West VA" Bottling Works/Parkersburg, brought $310 last week at auction on eBay.
Selling for $152.50 was a 10-karat yellow gold thimble, new still in the box, marked J. Wittlig & Son Jewelers & Opticians, 208 Front St., Marietta.
An Eagle 1900s brass saloon token marked 111 Greene St., Marietta, good for 5 cents at the bar, brought $113.50 for an Edgewood, Kentucky, seller.
Selling for $311.99 was "Wilma Flintstone talking on the telephone" cookie jar made by American Bisque in Williamstown.
Selling for $241.50 was the "Laughing Horse" cookie jar also made by American Bisque in Williamstown.
Letters from readers
Question: I have over 500 original 45 rpm records from 1956 to 1972. All are in good condition as I play them on my 1967 Seeburg jukebox. I have a lot of the Beatles records. Are they worth more than the 75 cents I paid for them in 1964? I also have 200 record albums. Can you tell me what they are worth? - P.H., Marietta.
Answer: Value of your records depends on the condition the records are in, including the artist and how rare the record is to find today. There are priceguide books available today that you can purchase through krausepublications.com that tell you what most records are worth. There is also a record magazine called, "Goldmine." John Tefteller buys large record collections. Give him a call toll free 1-800-955-1326. You can also check out his website at tefteller.com. Good luck in selling your records.
Q.: My wife's father was a naval aide at the White House during part of Roosevelt's and Truman's terms. He attended the yalta conference with Roosevelt and received a signed bill as a souvenir of the trip. Roosevelt, Churchill and all the politicians that attended the conference also signed the bill. My wife's father also helped plan Roosevelt's funeral. Mrs. Roosevelt sent him a thank-you letter. My question is, what is the value of these items and what is the best way to sell them, eBay or an auction house? If an auction house, which auction house? - H.L., Marietta.
A.: There is an auction house in St. Petersburg, Florida, called Historic Auctions that has set world's record in the sale of items such as yours. Contact Historic Auctions at (727) 456-7171, or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Readers, found anything lately in those attics around Washington County? If so, write and tell me all about it. Send your e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.