Spruce Test Plates

Question:

Thank you for your time and expertise. I am in possession of the 3 test plates for the Spruce pattern dinnerware. I realize some test plates are of great value and wonder what these may be worth? The center plate has a very small chip. I have sent 2 photos of the chip as well.

Thank you,

Victoria

Answer:

These plates have handwritten codes on the bottom, which was standard practice for Red Wing test plates.  The artwork and base color of these plates leaves no doubt they were made as test or sample pieces for the Spruce pattern.

 

It’s difficult to place a value on a one-of-a-kind item like a test plate. Based on prices realized at auction for test plates for other Red Wing patterns in recent years, I’d place the value at $400 to $600 per plate.  The small chip on one of the plates would reduce the value to the low end of that range.

 

Larry

Red Wing Florist Vase

Question:

Good Morning,

I picked this piece up last week at an auction in SD. Its about 10.25″ tall.   I don’t think it’s RW, but wanted to ask the expert ;)   I remember similar items like this being sold years ago at Gulbranson auction in Trent, SD.   I want to think they were called cemetery urns, but it’s been too long ago to remember details.    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

We visited the RW museum about a month ago!   Amazing.   We picked up a Spring Song plate in the gift shop!   Love it.

Thank you!!

Cal

Answer: Cal, you do indeed have a Red Wing Florist Vase.  In perfect condition and without advertising the value is between $225 & $275.   Al Kohlman

Red Wing Stoneware Montana advertising fancy jug

Question:

I am trying to get an idea of when it was made.

I have attached 3 pictures, it is 10 inches high and 8 inches in diameter with “redwing stoneware co” molded on the bottom.

Would appreciate any help you can give me.

Dave

Answer: Dave, your Red Wing Stoneware Montana advertising fancy jug was made at the turn of the century.  Anywhere from 1900 to 1920.     Hope this is what you were looking for.  Al Kohlman

Crock, Churns and Jugs

Question:

Hi Al,

Really appreciate your valuable info you give to the collectors !

I’ve been collecting Red Wing for a few years now and would like your opinion on the value of some of my most recent finds.

The 3 beehive jugs  are all in good condition with no cracks, the

3 gal. however has a blister on the front  in the glazing .

The 2nd, 3rd & 4th pictures are of the handles of the same

crocks  [as in 1st picture.]

The 5th picture is of two 5 gal. bee hive crocks, no cracks. The one on the right has a tiny factory flaw on the right side of the wing. The difference between them is that they have different ovals.

The 6th picture is of the handles of the same crocks.

The 7th picture is of 2 butter churns , one is a 10 gal and the other is a 5 gal.

The 10 gal. has no lid and a small  [factory flaw] in the glazing near the front on the rim.

The 5 gal. is flawless including the lid. Would appreciate your comments and hope you can give a value on these pieces.

Thanks!

Klaas

Answer:

Klaas, the 3 & 5 gallon Red Wing Birch leaf beehives would have a value between $275 & $300.  The 5 gallon Albany Slip beehive is not Red Wing and I have no idea on value for it.  The two 5 gallon Imperial Red Wing Beehive jugs have a value between $300 & $350.  The 10 gallon Red Wing churn $1700 to $2000.  Lastly the 5 gallon Birch leaf Red Wing churn with lid, $225 to $250.  Values are for perfect pieces.  Al Kohlman

Saxon Pitcher, Cleveland vase

Question:

Dear sir,

I am looking for some information on a piece of pottery that I acquired with the sale of our 100 year old family cabin.  Though it is missing a handle, I absolutely love it.  Could you give me any information on it or direct me to someone who could?  I have attached a few pictures.  It has a label on the bottom that says Red Wing and Saxon.  Thank you.

Heather

Answer:

Heather, this is not my area, however  fellow Red Wing Collectors were able to track it down.  Information can be found in the Red Wing Art Pottery– book 1, page 18.  It has a little info, but generally not much is known about this mark.

This page shows one of very few Saxon pieces ever found.  The vase is 10″ tall, unglazed and stained green.

It is a Cleveland vase, that is after 1887, to when the usage of there term begins and ends, and to what extent it was used is unknown a the present time.  The earliest know documentation fo shapes used in the Brushed Ware line is found in a company catalog dated about 1914..  The catalog showed a series of jardinières decorated with floral patterns and glazed in a Red Brown Glaze.

I have attached a link to this information.  Hope this was helpful.  Al Kohlman

10 gallon Red Wing salt glazed leaf crock

Question:

Hello I recently found this crock at a local store. It is in excellent condition. Would you please tell me of the approximate value. Thank you Wayne

Answer:

Wayne, the 10 gallon Red Wing salt glazed leaf crock if in perfect condition would have a value between $650 & $750.  Al Kohlman

25 gallon Red Wing birch leaf crock

Question

Can you tell me the value of this crock? Justin

Answer

Justin, the value of your 25 gallon Red Wing birch leaf crock if in perfect condition is $275 to $300.  Al Kohlman

Beige Flieck, end of production pieces

Question:

I was wondering about these serving pieces and bowls that were with my parents’ Pepe dinnerware set.

Are they Redwing, do they have a name, and what would their values be?

The small bowls are 5″ in diameter, the big bowls are 8 1/4″ in diameter.

The big bowls have a faint circular pattern around the 1″ rim.

The oval serving dishes are 6 1/2″ long by 4″ wide, 8″ by 4 3/4″ and 9 1/4″ by 5 1/2″.  The medium and large size bowls do have the Redwing stamp on the back.  They each have a fluted “wing” rim at each end.

The big oval plate is 11 1/2″ by 9 1/4″.  It has a fluted pattern all around the rim.

The long {cracker ? pickle ?} boat is 15 1/2″ by 2 3/4″.

The plain free-form-shaped plate is roughly 10″ in diameter.

If you could pass these questions on to the experts, that would be wonderful.

Thank you, and best holiday wishes to you and yours!

With appreciation,

Sue

Answer:

All of the items shown in the photos were made by Red Wing.

The three oval bowls with fluted rims are Bakers from the Hotel or Restaurant line.  Bakers were available in three sizes in either beige fleck or white.  These bakers appear to be white.

All of the other items in the photos were glazed after production ceased at Red Wing Potteries.  A fair amount of greenware (unfired pottery) remained in the plant after workers left in mid 1967.  The remaining staff applied whatever glazes were on hand to the greenware.  Beige fleck, the background color for Bob White and other patterns, is the glaze most commonly found on these end-of-production items.  These beige fleck pieces were sold to the public in the Red Wing Pottery Salesroom.

The 8 1/4″ large bowl is from the Village Green line.

The 5″ small bowl is from the Like China line.

The long 16″ dish is a celery dish from the True China line.

The 10″ dinner plate is from the True China line.

The photos I received do not include a large oval platter, but the “fluted rim” in your description leads me to believe it is likely from the Hotel or Restaurant line.

Most of these pieces have a value of $10-15 if they are in excellent condition.  The celery dish and the platter are worth $15-20.

 

Larry

Red Wing reversed oval 5 gallon butter churn

Question:

i have a 5 gal butter churn crock that has the stamp in the middle and the 4 inch red wing at the bottom. its the only one i have seen like this . what would be the reason for this? it is 15 in tall x 10.5 in mouth andy

Answer:

Andy, you have what is called a Red Wing reversed oval 5 gallon butter churn.   Though not as common as most churns you see, they are not rare.   It basically would have been up to the potter when they applied the stamps as I have never heard of these being a special order.  Al Kohlman

Minnesota Stoneware Company 10 gallon unsigned salt glazed leaf crock

Question:

Hi,

I recently purchased this salt glaze crock which I believe is a Minnesota/Red Wing piece.

I could not find one similar in the “Ask the Experts” pages in a ten gallon size.

It’s in excellent condition with only a small hairline on outside bottom edge that does not go through to the inside, and a 1/4 inch small flake on inside top rim.

The darker spots towards the bottom look much darker in the photo than they do on the actual crock.

I’m curious what its current value might be.

Thank You,
Cary

Answer:

Cary, your  with the hairline on the bottom and small chip would have a value between $600 & $675 or so.  Even though the hairline is small, it stills affects its value. Nice looking piece!  Al Kohlman

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