Red Wing Vase 930


We have a  Lotus vase in blue with pink inside and cannot find any info on the value of this.  Can you help?  Is the blue a rear color?


You have a Red Wing Vase 930 and it came in a number of colors. According to the Red Wing Art Pottery Two book by Ray Reiss the price guide says the value for a burgundy/ white combo is 60-80. I know that that particular glaze combo can be more valuable that the color combo you have to a collector; so, the value for yours may be closer to 60-80.

4 gallon salt glazed crock,


I hope you can give me some information on the maker and time of these two crocks. Thank You In Advance, Ron


Ron the 4 gallon salt glazed crock on the right is a Red Wing drop 8 with quotations.  It was produced between 1877 & 1895.  Value is between $200 & $250 if in perfect condition.  The 4 galloon salt glazed crock on the left would be called a lazy 8 target.  It is not Red Wing.  Not being Red Wing, I just have no idea of value or history. Al Kohlman

20lb butter crock


Al,    This piece is about the same size as a 20lb. butter crock. Would it be considered a butter crock or what was its use & value? No cracks, chips or repairs. Thanks


Yes these were used for butter crocks.  They use to sell  in the $1000 range years ago.  Today $700 to $800.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Red Wing crock and 8 gallon Red Wing butter churn


My parents both recently passed away, and these two crocks were in their house. My parents are originally from Minneapolis/Duluth and my grandparents owned a grocery store in Minneapolis back in the 40s-50s. I assume these came from the store. I know the pics aren’t great, and I can go back to their house to take better ones (and also of the bottoms if that helps), but I’d like to know more. I’d like to know an idea of their value, thanks Anita



Anita, the 5 gallon Red Wing crock has a value between $70 & $80 if in perfect condition.  The 8 gallon Red Wing butter churn has a value today between $700 & $800.  You might want to try Craigslist to sell your pieces. Best of luck on your sales. Al Kohlman

25 gallon elephant ear transition


Hi     My wife and I just bought this 25 gallon what can you tell us about it.


In it’s hay day, this 25 gallon elephant ear transition use to bring $3500.  Today $2500 to $2800.  Just a gorgeous piece!  I will put the value at the high end.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing vase 203


I have a unique redwing pottery vase that I have not seen anywhere else in our 20 years of collecting.   Could you provide an estimate of its value?  It is approximately 12 1/2″ tall, has some small pits in the glaze but is in good condition overall.

Thank you,


Answer: This vase is from 1929 and glaze color is Light Green. According to the Red Wing Art Pottery book by Ray Reiss the 2003 price guide puts the value at 200-250 if in mint condition

M 1489, Charles Murphy designer


I have a what I believe is a Chuck Murphy Redwing M-1429 in  excellent condition…as pictured.  What would be a general price on this item.  The bottom has engraved: “RED WING  USA  M-1489”.  Thank you.

Answer: I was able to locate the M- 1489 in the Ray Reiss Art Pottery two book. It was produced around 1955.

According to the 2003 price guide from the Reiss book it is valued at $55-75 with no damage.

Minnesota Stoneware Company 3 gallon elephant ear crock


bought this about 45 years ago at a small roadside stand near Buda, TX. All I know about it is what I can read on the internet. Can you tell me something about its history and value.It has just a few very small chips around the base and one small hairline crack. I’ve attached pictures. There is nothing on the bottom.



Randy, you have a Minnesota Stoneware Company 3 gallon elephant ear crock which was produced between 1895 & 1906.  With the small chips and hairline crack, the value is $40 to $50.  Al Kohlman

Fondoso pitcher leaching residue


I recently purchased a light green Fondoso pitcher.  (I’m not sure of the official color’s name, but it’s a jadeite hue.)  Its interior is glazed in white.  I brought it home and gave it a couple thorough washings with dish soap. It doesn’t have any obvious discoloration, and when filled with water, the water remains clear and tasteless.  However, any time water contacts the exterior of the pitcher for more than a brief hand-wash and dry, it leaches a rusty brown color.  The residue is not sticky and has no smell.  It’s easily removed.  I submerged the pitcher for about the last 24 hrs. and have had to change the water twice because the water has gotten so discolored.  It looks almost like tea after a few minutes!

I’ve never seen anything like this.  Is this common with Red Wing pottery or with this line or glaze?  The only thing I could think of is that red clay was used and the glaze is thin, but even that seems a stretch.  Is there anything I can do to clean it so that the film no longer forms?  Any expertise you can offer would be most helpful.

Thank you!



Red Wing did not use red clay to make dinnerware, so that’s not the source of the rust colored residue that is leaching from your pitcher. The problem is almost certainly due to crazing. Crazing occurs when the clay and the glaze shrink at different rates, leading to fine cracks in the glaze. This was a common problem with the glazes used to make early Red Wing dinnerware such as Fondoso. Once an item is crazed, liquid held by the item can seep through the glaze and into the clay. Most likely the rust colored material you see came from coffee, tea, cola or some other dark liquid that seeped into the body of pitcher over repeated uses long ago.

As you have seen, soaking the pitcher in water will draw the contaminants out of the clay. The easiest and safest way to clean your pitcher would be to simply submerge the pitcher in water for as long as it takes to remove the contaminants. Change the water when it is dirty. When the water remains clear  your pitcher should be clean. This process may take weeks or longer. Some people use bleach (I do not recommend this) or hydrogen peroxide (the 30% or 40% strength found at beauty supply stores, not the 3% strength used to clean wounds). Baking the item on low heat has been used to remove greasy contaminants.


Reid, Murdoch & Co. pickle dispenser and Grommes and Ulrich advertising jug



I have two pieces I believe to be Red Wing Stoneware.  Pictures are attached.

The first is a white bailed advertiser jug stamped Grommes and Ulrich Chicago. It also reads “1 GAL LIQUID MEASURE” on bottom face front.  It has a hairline along the base and the original bail is well rusted with damage to the wooden handle.  Otherwise is in great condition.

The second is what I was told is a pickle dispenser with advertising for Reid, Murdoch & Co.  It has a 2 very small chips and no cracks or other damage.  The glass appears to be original with 2 small chips.

Can you confirm that these are Red Wing pieces, give me any background you may have, and advise what you feel their value may be?

Thanks and best regards,



Ted,Both the Grommes and Ulrich Chicago. It also reads “1 GAL LIQUID MEASURE & pickle dispenser with advertising for Reid, Murdoch & Co are Red Wing pieces.  The Grommes & Ulrich with the crack has a value between $50 & $60,  The Reid & Murdoch Pickle dispenser $300 to $350. Al Kohlman

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