Minnesota Stoneware Company 3 gallon elephant ear crock

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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.

Randydec2014

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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

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

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Greetings,

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

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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

4 gallon Red Wing churn, reversed Ski oval

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Hello, I was wondering what this 4 gallon churn with the Oval above the wing is worth? It is in mint condition. Thanks!

Jeremy

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Jeremy, with the reversed Ski oval and lid, your 4 gallon Red Wing churn should be right around $300 give or take $25 either way.  Al Kohlman

Steinmeyer, Milwaukee advertising jugs

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Would you have a value for this piece? Thanks Amana

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Amana, these Steinmeyer, Milwaukee advertising jugs are quite common.

This particular jug shown is not made by Red Wing but has a value of $100 or so.  Al Kohlman

5 pound Red Wing saffron ware butter pail

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I recently acquired this and am unable to find any other than 3 pound. Is this a rare size? Terrence

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Terrence, I wouldn’t call a 5 pound Red Wing saffron ware butter pail a rare size.  These butter pails used the same mold as the gray line ware.  They are always kind of a tough fine, but not rare.   $400 to $500 with lid and in perfect condition.  Al Kohlman

1 gallon Red Wing crock with the 4 1/2″ wing and lid with wing stamp

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Hi I am Ed and I thought you could help identify, date and possibly give me some idea what the crock is worth. My wife and I purchased our home. Along with the house came a lot of junk and this curious crock with lid. The crock is plain with the only markings of a 4 1/2 inch red wing center mass of the crock. Measuring approximately 7 3/4 inches high and 7 3/4 inch wide diameter. The crock is near perfect other then a 1/2 inch by 1/4 inch not very deep chip on the bottom edge. The lid is perfect with no damage other then old looking. In the center of the lid is a button handle with a number 1. Radiating out from the center is a multi-pedal design circling to a non glazed circle then to the glazed edge. The lid also has a 2 inch red wing and a little yellowing color compared to the crock itself. Was this lid made for this crock originally? Thank you for any information.

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Ed, you have a couple of nice pieces here.  The 1 gallon Red Wing crock with the 4  1/2″ wing with small chip on the bottom is valued right around $400.  The lid is much rarer than the crock because of the small red wing on it.  The red wing on the lid is not very well stamped so it will hurt the value somewhat.  $600 to $650.  Also, that lid was made to fit any Red Wing 1 gallon crock and not necessary yours.  Hope this was helpful.  Al Kohlman

3 gallon Elephant Ear beehive jug

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Good Afternoon:  I’m just beginning research on this piece. We found it yesterday in our parents home as we work through it for closing the estate.  Is it work anymore research – we can’t find much about it?  I can get you more details I you’d need them.

Carma

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Carma, you have a 3 gallon Elephant Ear beehive jug which was produced by the Minnesota Stoneware Company between 1906 & 1909.  All cleaned up and if in absolutely perfect condition & I mean perfect, no chips, cracks, hairlines etc, the value is between $3000 & $3500.  Any damage & the value will drop to half what I posted.  Nice hard to find piece.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 2 gallon single P

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I think this is a Redwing single P 2 gallon salt crock. What would the value be on it? Dixie

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Dixie, you do indeed have a Red Wing 2 gallon single P.  The decoration is a bit week.  With this being said, value $80 to $90 if unsigned.  Al Kohlman

4 gallon Minnesota Stoneware Company beehive jug

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Can you tell me how old this jug is? No chips, cracks or any damage. What value if any.

Thank you, Annie

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Annie your 4 gallon Minnesota Stoneware Company beehive jug was produced between 1906 & 1909.  Value would be in the area of $650 to $750.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon elephant ear beehive with the Minnesota oval

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Hi all! I am looking to sell this crock and have been told it is rare. However, many are appalled by my asking price. Can you help me get in the right range? There are a couple of small chips, but not a crack in it!

Thanks! Ashley

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Ashley, your 5 gallon elephant ear beehive with the Minnesota oval is a tough find.  If it were in perfect condition you would be looking at a $5000 or so.  However to a collector the chip in the front of your jug is huge.  It takes the value of your piece to half or little less.  $1800 to $2500.  Collectors want perfect pieces and shy away from damage such as this.  Al Kohlman

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