Red Wing Greek Key bowl


Hi I have this bowl with advertising in it. It was found in Onalaska, WI. What can you tell me about the value and advertising history.



June, that is a gorgeous Red Wing Greek Key bowl.  I have not seen that advertising before and have no idea of which town it belongs to.  Hopefully a Red Wing collector well read this an respond back with its roots. The value on that advertising Greek Key bowl today would be $100 to $125 Al Kohlman

20 gallon birchleaf crock with no handles


Hi….sorry no picture but…I have a 20 gallon crock with 4 birch leaves with oval trademark ref.

RED WING..UNION STONEWARE …RED WING MINN. NO APPARENT CRACKS OR CHIPS…There appears to be a small ‘bubble’ on the inside of crock??? Not sure what it is…but my question is in ref to lack of handles….The crock is totally smooth all the way handles and no indentations/grips to pick it up..I am surprised there is no damage…what was this used for and is this odd that there is nothing to allow easier pick up????    I don’t plan on selling it but would like to know the value…thanks so much for your time.   Leanne


Leanne, your 20 gallon birchleaf crock with no handles was produced by the Red Wing Stoneware Company before they came up with the red wing in 1909.  This tells me that your 20 gallon crock was produced between 1985 & 1909..  If there is an oval on your crock, it would be Red Wing’s first oval which is called the ski oval.  Red Wing used birch leaves before the red wing was produced and therefore there is no handles.  The Minnesota Stoneware Company also used birch leaves, but there pieces had molded handles.  The value of your 20 gallon in perfect condition is right around $250.  Al Kohlman

50 gallon crock has an Albany slip interior


Here are photos of my crock hope I can find how much its is worth and maybe a good home in my basement and so large and heavy that I would rather it go to someone who appreciates such a large piece of ceramics. There is no lid however.


David, your Red Wing 50 gallon crock has an Albany slip interior.  This is the first one I have seen with this interior which tells me it is a very early piece.  The one concern I have is that there is a wire just under the rim.  That usually means that there is a crack or hairline in the crock and the wire was added to stop that hairline crack from spreading..  So here is the deal.  If your 50 gallon is in perfect condition, the value with the Albany slip interior would  be between $2000 & $2500 today.  If there is a hairline crack, even a tight one, that value would go down to half.  Hope this was helpful.  Al Kohlman

Ice Water that was stenciled Water Cooler

Question: Al,
I picked this water cooler up a while back at auction.  It’s a neat cooler.  I’ve only seen ones with a bung hole in the book.  I was curious what you thought on value and was wondering what time frame were they produced?  Also, what is the correct spigot for these with the hex bung hole?   The cooler is mint, no chips, cracks, stains, etc…

Thank you. Dru


Dru, what you really have is an Ice Water that was stenciled Water Cooler.  This is a very early cooler produced between 1915 & 1917.  These use to sell for around $3000.  Today, I would think maybe $2000 in in perfect shape.  Nice piece.  Al Kohlman

Colorado Whiskey Jug Advertising

Question: I always thought this jug might be worth something when we found it 34 years ago when we lived in Colorado and would go exploring on the weekends.  I finally looked it up a few days ago and found an exact picture of it in an article on  the computer under Colorado Whiskey Bottle Collecting written by John M Eatwell from Denver, Colorado.  He and another author wrote a book called Pike’s Peak Gold.  He told all about the politician called Wolfe Londoner in the late 1880’s.  He says he is a collector, also.  Do you know how I can find how much this jug is worth.

Here is the the PDF

Thanks John


John, this is quite a rare Red Wing advertising jug.  I am guessing that it is bottom signed Red Wing.  I have never seen one, however, it’s book value is $1000 to $1400.  Even with a tough market today, I would think that value would still be good.  Al Kohlman

2 gallon salt glaze with a target



Attached are photos of a crock that I recently bought at a sale. It’s a 2 gallon salt glaze with a target. There is a hairline that’s about 3/4” long and what I believe is a turkey dropping near the rim. It is bottom marked. Can you tell me the age, value and what it was probably used for in it’s day. Also, could you explain the difference between a target and a bee sting?

Thank you,



Linda, your bottom marked Minnesota Stoneware Company 2 gallon salt glazed target marked crock was produced sometime between 1883 & 1895.  With the hairline on the side, the value is between $75 to $100 at best.  Al Kohlman

Brushed ware planter, gloss glaze


This planter was found in a barn can you tell me more about its age and value?


Nice brushedware planter, looks like in the gloss glaze.  Circa 1930, value around 90.00 or so.  Thanks, Steve n rose

5 gallon Red Wing water cooler


What can you tell me about the value and age of my water cooler? Thank you Delphine


Delphine, nice 5 gallon Red Wing water cooler.  Without the lid or the original spigot, I would place a value of $300 to $350 on your cooler.  Al Kohlman

Minnesota Centennial Trivet, bisque


I have a question about an unglazed MN Centennial trivet.  I would like to know what the story might be behind it not being glazed.  Please let me know what you can find out from the tremendous resources of our experts


Trivet Collector response

$45 with stains to $60 without;  uncommon, but not rare.  Regular trivets except in red go for $25 to $40 at auction.  Any chips drops the price 60%.

When we did the trivet as a Special Commemorative, I was told by a former factory worker they did many in bisque for the Red Wing store which allowed people to glaze them as they saw fit (for the schools?).  Of the 500 molds I’ve seen from the 1960s, I have not seen this mold in existence.    The two I have weigh correctly, so I believe the story I heard.  So, looking at the picture, I believe it is the real deal.  Don’t you love the ore boat in the center!