Several sales offer lots to choose from At Barr Davis, Probst auctions and Renninger's events: Pottery, dolls, rooster 'accessories' and more

Posted: September 27, 2002

Elvis will be in the building tomorrow morning, along with Little Red Riding Hood, Howdy Doody and President Abraham Lincoln. They are part of a huge collection of cookie jars, Bisque pottery, dolls and related items amassed over 35 years by Connard and Joyce Riegner of Coatesville, Pa.

Their collection goes across the Barr Davis auction block starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow in the Gap, Pa., fire hall.

What comprises the collection?

Here are the numbers: 60 pieces of Hull Little Red Riding Hood pottery; 35 Little Red Riding Hood cookie jars; 17 other cookie jars, including Howdy Doody, pigs, clowns and chickens; 60 Little Red Riding Hood dolls; over 350 collector fruit jars; over 150 Ski Country mini-decanters, and more.

In addition to Hull, some of the other makers represented include Brush, Metlox, Napco, California Original, Poppy Trail, McCoy and Weiss.

Elvis items include decanters, a 1950 pocket watch, and first-day-issue postage stamps.

Auctioneer Steve Barr says this is the most extensive collection he's seen in his many years on the auction trail.

Bidders will also be able to compete for several pieces of furniture, including an oak, clawfoot, bowed-front china cupboard and several salt-and-pepper sets, pitchers and figurines featuring chickens.

Don't chicken out

Chickens that lay eggs are called hens. Chickens that mate with hens are called roosters. Baby chickens are called chicks. Roosters that have been "fixed" are called capons.

Auctioneer Eric Probst says they are "fixed" to make them more meaty and more tender to the palette.

Among the interesting vintage items up for bid at tomorrow's on-site estate sale, being conducted by Probst Family Auction in Quarryville, Pa., is a caponizing set from an area farm.

Ironically, the sale also offers a USA Pottery pitcher featuring a rooster motif, and a wooden crate for transporting chicks.

Probst said a most interesting piece going up for bid is a small, dome-lid trinket chest decorated with a hand-painted map of the world.

"It could sell for $5 or $5,000," Probst said.

Renninger's Extravaganza

Buying galore is the order of the day at Renninger's in Kutztown, Pa., where a three-day Extravaganza that began yesterday and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Then, dealers head to Renninger's in Adamstown for sales from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

No matter what you're after, you'll like find it at the "Extrav."*

Free-lance writer and collector Steve Gary is a fan of patent medicines with outrageous curative claims, and of advertising icons Bert and Harry, the Piels Beer brothers.

_ Barr Davis Auction,

9 a.m. tomorrow, Gap (Pa.) Fire Hall, Pequea Avenue, off Route 30. 717-442-9221 or visit

_ Probst Family Auction

sale, 9 a.m. tomorrow, 237 Lamparter Road, off Route 372, 3 miles east of Quarryville, Pa., 717-464-3700 or 717-464-3190 or visit

_ Renninger's, 740 Noble St., Kutztown, Pa. , 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. 610-683-6848. Also, Renninger's, Route 272 north, one mile north of Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 22, Adamstown, Pa., 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. 717-336-2177.


What: Fairly coarse - not powdery - sawdust for use in craft projects and livestock bedding.

Where: Gift Lumber Co., Manatawny Road, Boyertown, Pa., 610-689-9483.

Asking price: When you do the shoveling, 25-cents for a 50-pound bag, $6 per pickup truckload, or $15 if they have to load the pickup truck for you.

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