Gingrich antiques to be offered to public

PAT FRIDGEN
Marjorie Hartman from Hurley Auctions stands next to several pieces for sale from the household of Mary and the late William Gingrich. The antique furniture includes a dough tray, in front, a folk art drop leaf table and a medicine cabinet.

Sixty years of antique collecting go on the auction block Thursday.

Hurley Auctions is selling the collection of Mary S. Gingrich and the late William R. Gingrich. The sale begins at 8:30 a.m. at 2800 Buchanan Trail E.

“The collection we have here is one of the biggest, especially the ceramics,” said Hurley representative Marjorie Hartman.

The Gingrich’s also have a scrimshawed powder horn from 1777. “It’s phenomenal where it came from,” she continued.

The Revolutionary War piece is incribed ‘Capt. Jacob Dritt. First Battalion. York County Militia/Valley Forge/Brandywine/Yorktown.’

The pottery includes stoneware and redware by John Bell from Waynesboro. Carved folkart includes signed pieces, possibly by Frank Feathers, Christophel, or Gingrich himself. An early percussion long rifle is signed by Christian Beck.

The selection ranges from furniture, china, glassware, printed frakture and estate jewelry, to metalware, lighting, clocks, textiles and miscellaneous items.

Gingrich was a longtime insurance agent in Greencastle, and the couple was active in community affairs. The couple’s home at 30 Orchard Circle will be auctioned March 31.