Buds Pattern Pitcher

Question: I would like to have Larry take a look at the attached pictures of what I think is the only known Buds pattern water pitcher and see if he can give an approximate value.  I’ve had it for a long time but would now like to sell it.  However, because of its rarity, I really don’t know what the value would be or the best way to advertise/sell it.  What I’d like to do is put it in the Red Wing auction, but since I live in Washington state, with no intentions of being in the Red Wing area during auction time, I guess I’ll have to advertise it some other way. I’m not a big fan of embay.  I can be reached at 206-300-3397.  Thanks in advance.


Buds was a Red Wing dinnerware pattern designed in 1952 that never went into production.  Supposedly two sets of Buds were made to be displayed at a trade show.  The pattern was not well received, and this was reported back to managers in Red Wing.  The salesmen at the show were told to discard the Buds dinnerware and not bother bringing it back to Red Wing.  But apparently a few pieces survived as there are a handful of known Buds items today.
What is the value of an authentic Buds water pitcher?  It’s tough to place a value on an item that is likely one of a kind.  Without comparable sales any estimate is just a shot in the dark.  The photos appear to show an authentic Buds pitcher; I have no reason to believe otherwise.  I would estimate the value in today’s market to be $1000 or more.
The pitcher could sell for well above that figure if sold at an auction attended by knowledgeable Red Wing collectors.  Selling it at the annual RWCS convention auction would be ideal.  It’s too late for this year’s convention, but consider next year’s auction.  Perhaps the pitcher could be packed very well and shipped to Red Wing.  There are also other auctions periodically that feature Red Wing pottery and stoneware.  The goal is to find a knowledgeable audience because the general public won’t know anything about Buds and why it is valuable.  Antique dealers who specialize in Red Wing would be happy to buy this pitcher, but won’t pay top dollar as they need to make a profit.  Online auctions such as eBay can display the pitcher to a wide audience but there are some hassles and risks involved.  If I owned this pitcher and wanted to sell it, I would make a strong effort to get it into the RWCS convention auction.  Non-RWCS auctions that are held during convention week would be another possibility.
Larry R

20 gallon North Star primitive butterfly crock, Red Wing


We are in the process of going thru my mom and dad’s items. We have a crock that I would like to know their worth.

The crock says 20 and has design on it. Also in good condition-no cracks; the only blemish is it looks like something sticky must have gotten on the crock by the 20. I didn’t want to start scraping it, for fear it would do more damage.

If you have more information and what they are worth, I would appreciate knowing. Thank you.



Christine, You have a 20 gallon North Star primitive  butterfly crock made in Red Wing MN. In mint condition $1500

Clifford Olson

8 gallon double Rib Cage, Red Wing


Good Morning,

My husband and I recently came across this 8 gallon salt glaze crock and are hoping you can provide us with some basic information on it (identification of the piece, the time period it was produced, the rarity/desirability of the item and a range of possible value).  I have included photos which show there are two cracks on the back.  I high-lighted the two cracks with tape so the size is more visible.  The cracks are on the outside and inside of the crock.

Thank you,



Jessica, This is a 8 gallon very desirable ribcage crock made in the 1880’s. A very well marked one could bring as much as $3000. With the lines in back still could bring $1200.

Clifford Olson

6 gallon salt glaze “sqatty” leaf crock

Question: First, thank you for offering this wonderful resource! 

My father was an avid collector of Red Wing crocks, jugs and mixing bowls. Most pieces my sister and I have been able to identify and price.  The six and eight gallon crocks are probably Red Wing, but the four gallon crock has a very simple decoration we’ve not been able to find elsewhere. All three appear to be in good condition. What are your thoughts about the age and value of these?

Thanks for help!


Tim, Your 4 and 8 gallon crocks are not Red Wing but your 6 gallon is and I think it’s a squatty. If it’s under 13 inches tall a squatty worth about $400 if over 14 inches it’s a regular size crock worth about $300 in mint condition. Thanks Cliff


Clifford Olson

11” sponge band or Gray Line Red Wing bowl



I recently purchased this bowl and was wondering if you could verify that it is a Red wing, approximate date of manufacture and the value.  It measures 11” across the top, I can find no flaws other then the red mark on the inside (looks like paint from the sponge band).  Maybe a small amount of crazing.  The mark on the bottom is a blue circle with the words: “Made in Red Wing”

Thank you



Rory, You have a 11” sponge band or also called Gray Line Red Wing bowl from the 1930’s. In mint condition a value about $200. Cliff


Clifford Olson


5 gal. Double rib cage churn

Question: I have a 5 gal. Double rib cage churn. It has a crack up by handle. Is there any way to reinforce the crack and not hurt the value any? Also how much does the crack effect the value? Ramola


Ramola, Your churn in mint condition would be around $650. With all the cracks I would be hard to get $200 for it. I would use Elmer’s glue work the glue into the cracks, take a large metal hose clamp and squeeze it till the crack is tight. You can also have a repair guy glue it for you.


Clifford Olson

Jimmie Durkin’s Jug

Question: I have been trying to locate a price on a Jimmie Durkin’s clay advertising jug with three addresses and phone number . It is in very good condition.
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Susan Clemens


Susan, Red Wing and Western companies made this advertising jug. If Red Wing made it your looking at $250-$350.


Clifford Olson


Bob White Collection with trivet



I have a collection of Red Wing Bob White dishes that I wish to sell.  What would be a fair asking price for this set?


1 set salt and pepper shaker-hour glass shape

1 set salt and pepper shaker-birds

1 hors d’oeuvres

1 gravy boat with lid

2 creamers (one has a small chip)

2 sugar bowls with lids

1 medium casserole with lid

1 large casserole no lid

2 rim soup bowls

12 cereal/salad bowls

3 sauce bowls

1 large salad bowl

4 bread and butter plates

18 salad plates (not sure if that is what they are called)

14 dinner plates

1 teapot with lid (chip on inside rim)

4 12-inch water pitchers

15 coffee cups

16 coffee saucers

1 trivet

1 divided vegetable bowl

4 small dishes or saucers that I cannot identify

1 cookie jar (small chip on inside rim)

Answer: Please let me know if you have further questions. I would like to invite you to become a member of the RWCS – it’s just $35 per year. I would be happy to mail you a membership form or you can visit the membership advantage page on our website.

Test Plate: Anniversary line shape but Nassau pattern (Concord line pattern)


I have a Redwing plate that I have owned for several years. I have recently been interested in knowing more about it and have not been able to find the pattern on the sites I have looked at. The plate is 11″ in diameter and has a texture surface with the pattern. The back is marked Redwing and has the numbers 445 475 and what looks like a 480-2. The numbers are under the glaze. The in bright pink in top of the glaze it says keep me. There are no chips or cracks to the plate.
Thank you for your help in advance. Any help is greatly appreciated.


This is a very interesting plate.  It is not a standard Red Wing dinnerware piece. It’s a test or sample piece.

The plate with its textured surface is from the Anniversary dinnerware line, which was introduced in 1953.  The artwork is from the Nassau pattern.  Nassau was also introduced in 1953 but was produced on the Concord shape, not Anniversary.  Nassau did not sell well and was made for only one year.  Your plate gives reason to believe Red Wing considered using the Anniversary shape for Nassau rather than the Concord shape. The numbers on the bottom are codes for the colors used for the test plate.  “KEEP ME” was added by somebody who owned the plate at one time.  That person recognized that this is an unusual plate.  Red Wing did not mark items over the glaze in that manner.

Test and sample plates have high collector appeal and thus have high values.  Test pieces that have a recognizable Red Wing pattern generally fetch higher prices than those that are decorated with unknown designs.  This is a one-of-a-kind plate and thus it is difficult to assign a value.  Assuming it is in undamaged condition, I estimate it would sell for $500 to $800 at an auction attended by knowledgeable Red Wing collectors.


Yellow Butter warmer, after market



I am hoping that you will pass this on to the dinnerware experts.  I have this butter warmer in yellow.  I don’t see it anywhere in my Red Wing book.  On the internet, I see a “smart set” and in the Bob White pattern.  Nothing in the simple yellow.  I am wondering if it is from the same time frame as the yellow chicken teapot as well.  Any information is appreciated.

Thanks for your time and effort,




The yellow butter warmer was made by an amateur pottery using an old Red Wing mold.  It was not made by Red Wing Potteries.  The mold is in the Casual shape, which is the dinnerware line that included the Bob White and Smart Set patterns.  But this piece was made later, probably in the 1970s or 1980s.


The company assets were sold to the public when Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967.  The molds used to form a wide variety of dinnerware and art pottery pieces were included in those assets, and many of those molds were purchased by art schools and amateur potters.  No effort was made to remove the Red Wing name from those molds because the company was no longer in business, thus there was no perceived need to protect the company name.


There are many “Red Wing” pieces out there that were made by amateur potters.  Many of them have a date and the potter’s name or initials scratched into the bottom.  As best I can tell this butter warmer does not have those features.  But the color is a shade of yellow not found on authentic Red Wing pieces.  And the numerous flakes in the glaze all over the piece are a strong indication that this was the work of an amateur potter.




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