This Monday’s column question was sent in by a mom who wants to give keepsakes of the Star City to her kids for Christmas, and she’s curious about a set of ornaments made by a company called ChrisMarks in the early 90′s. Do you recognize these ornaments, and did you ever buy one?
Q: I would like to trace a source for an ornament I purchased probably 20 years ago in Roanoke. It is a 1″ brass replica of the Mill Mountain Star hung with red and green ribbons, stored in a red velvet box. The markings on the package insert are as follows:
Chris Marks, Series No. 1 Brass
I have tried online searches to find the artist, to no avail. Over the years, I purchased quality ornaments for my children that had a special significance in their lives. I would really like to track down another ornament so they may each have one.
Lynn McHugh, Roanoke
A: Lynn, I picked this question because I thought to myself, “This seems like an easy one…. How hard can it be to track down a Star ornament in the Star City of the South?” Harder than I thought, it turns out. While several sources thought these ornaments had been sold as fund raising items by Patrick Henry High School, others told me that they were sure that Fink’s Jewelers had them. Read the rest of the column here…