A mourning card dated March 23, 1914, announcing the death of Mary Brand, wife of Jacob Brand, 811 Second St., Marietta, won a bid of $4.50 at a recent auction, with one buyer bidding on it, owned by a Parkersburg man.
A brass bank given away to new customers at Peoples Banking & Trust Co. in Marietta in 1892, and manufactured by the Coburn Co. in New York, sold at auction for $77 with 18 buyers bidding on it. If you run across one of these banks, they are 3 inches in height and 4 1/4 inches in length and come with a key. Suppose more of these banks could be found in the Peoples Bank stock room collecting dust today?
A guy from Whipple sold a wall plaque for $15 at auction made of clapboard taken from the Rufus Putnam home built in 1790. The plaque was made by members of the Marietta Art's and Crafts league in celebration of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1987. He also sold at auction a paperweight for $18 that contained a piece of the Williamstown Bridge that was demolished in 1988.
A pocket mirror, compliments of the Buckeye Clothing Co., Marietta, received one bid of $25 for a Milford, Conn., seller.
Another paperweight made in 1890, advertising S.B. Kirby & Co. Wholesale Grocery, once located in the Harmar district, went for three bids totaling $61.
A seller from Play A. Del Ray, Calif., received four bids totaling $67 for a copy of the Massachusetts Spy Newspaper headlining "The Ohio Company Establishes Marietta."
Another bank standing 5 3/8 inches tall, made by the Reynolds Toy Co. for the 35th SBCCA Convention in Marietta, received nine bids totaling $63 for a Saginaw, Mich., seller.
A ribbon made exclusively for The Grand Army of the Republic Convention in Marietta "Buell Post Number 178" received a $61 bid for a Tucson, Ariz., seller.
A postcard titled, "View of Marietta 1912," brought $40 for a Jacksonville, Fla., seller.
A 1918 postcard of the steamboat Valley Gem on the river, loaded with tourists, farmers, and freight brought 3 bids totaling $70 for a Charles City, Iowa, seller.
A book published in 1903 by the Leader Publishing Co. titled, "History of Marietta," written by Thomas Summers" received two bids totaling $49.
A seller from Laurelville, Ohio, received one bid of $95 for a three volume 1,900 page set titled, "History of Southeastern Ohio and the Muskingum Valley," published in 1928 by S.J. Clarke Co., Chicago.
Other items at auction
Postcard - 1909 postcard titled "Paddle Wheeler "Jewel," Marietta, $28.80.
Trade card - advertising Peter Kunz Jr. Dry Goods Store, Marietta, $5.
Postcard - Francis Macmillen Courthouse, $15.
Medal - BPOE Elks Lodge 477, $16.
Photo - 1952 Railroad photo B&O Doodlebug, Marietta, $4.
Book - 55 minute reports of the Marietta Baptist Church, 1873-1900, $15.
Bankbook - German National Bank, Marietta, $1.
Book - Emerson map of Washington County, $14.95.
Postcard - 1913 flood horse drawn cart, $5.50.
Booklet - 1919 souvenir booklet of Fisher School Barlow Township, $9.25.
Larry Koon is the author of several price guide books on antiques and collectibles. His columns appears Mondays.