Question: I just happened to stumble upon your column while doing research on Derby Kilmer desks. It turns out Frederick Kilmer, a partner in the Derby Desk Co., is a relative of mine and I thought it would be great to purchase one of these desks. It seems you can find lots of Derby desks, but I haven't had much success in locating a desk marked Derby & Kilmer. Would it be possible for you to forward my letter to F.W. in Watertown, Ohio, who wrote that she had one to sell? I'm interested in purchasing it. - G.K. Yardville, N.J.
Answer: If F.W. in Watertown is reading this, contact Greg Kilmer c/o The Fulfillment House, 211 Yardville, Hamilton Square Road, Yardville, N.J. 08620; telephone (609) 585-7422, Ext. 28.
Q.: Really enjoy reading your column every Monday in the Marietta Times. I heard you had photos of all the employees of the Marietta Chair Factory that operated in Marietta for several years. My grandfather was an employee there. I was wondering if the photos had names with the pictures. My grandfather's name was Henry Mayer. Would love to have a photo of him. - P.D., Marietta.
A.: What years did your grandfather work there? I have several photos of the company and many of its employees.
Q.: My husband recently passed away. He had a collection of old Guild vintage guitars and other musical instruments dating back to early '60s. Do you know where I could get a good price for them? - H.R., Little Hocking.
A.: You need to contact Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. They are the third largest auction house in the world in selling vintage guitars and other musical instruments. You can contact Heritage at 1-800-872-6467. You can also fill out a form on their website listing the items you have to sell and they will contact you. Their website address is www.ha.com
Q.: I have a 1910 Fenton berry bowl I'm interested in selling. Also, a 3-1/2 inch mohair teddy bear which was mine as a child. I'm 83 years old. Where can I sell them? - E.F., Marietta.
A.: An auction house in Greenville, Ohio, has been selling Fenton Glass for top dollar on the auction block. Contact Jim Wroda at (937) 548-7835. To sell your bear, contact Mcmaster-Harris Auction House in Columbus. They are one of the largest auction houses specializing in the sale of antique dolls, bears, and Barbie dolls. Their phone number is 1-800-842-3526.
Auction prices realized
* Postcard "Marietta's first fire engine," $13.
* 1909 postcard "Marietta at Night," $12.50.
* 1942 photo B&O Railroad "Doodle Bug," $4.
* Harley Davidson T-shirt marked Marietta, $12.50.
* Olive Oyl American Bisque cookie jar, $600.
* Fawn deer American Bisque cookie jar, $300.
* Winking clown American Bisque cookie jar, $125.
* Doughnut chef American Bisque cookie jar, $ 230.
* Wilma Flintstone American Bisque cookie jar, $204.52.
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.