4 gallon elephant ear churn


I recently bought a beautiful Union Stoneware butter churn at an estate sale.

Here is the information:

1.) It has one slightly nicked area on the bottom rim, and slight nick on the upper rim, otherwise looks great

2.) I’m, of course, wondering what you would estimate its worth to be, also its time period and rarity. There is no lid or actual churn, just the large canister part. The previous owner was using it to store feather dusters, a cane, and a couple of yard sticks.

3.) I live in Bellville, Texas. We are not far from the Round Top Trade Days where it is quite likely the previous owner acquired the churn.

Thank you for what you do. This is really beautiful and I was delighted to pick it up this weekend.




Brena, you have a Minnesota Stoneware Company 4 gallon elephant ear churn that was producted between 1895 & 1906.  With the two small chips the value is between $275 & $300 without the lid.  Hope this helps.  Al Kohlman

Salt Glaze Success Filter, top half


I am hoping to get possession of the success filter in the attached pic and wondered if you could help me with some detailed information and market value.

Again, thanks for your assistance.


Answer: This is the top half of a salt glazed success filter made in the late 1800’s by Red Wing.  A complete set sold at auction a couple of years ago for $2200.  Your piece, by itself is valued around $800.

Group of Advertising Crocks


Dear Expert,

Can you please give us values and years these crocks were made. Also were they made in other sizes.

The middle one is 8 3/4 inches wide, by 6 1/2 inches tall.

The other two are both 7 1/4 inches wide by  5 1/8 inches tall. These crocks are in great condition. No chips or cracks.

Was there ever a lid for these crocks,and how were they covered for storage?

Thank you

Don and Kathy

Answer: Red Wing Stoneware Co. made butter crocks for many different dairy companies in the early 1900’s to about 1940. Prices vary greatly depending on desirability and rarity.  Your butter crocks have a value estimate of $250-350 in excellent condition.  Butter crocks were made in sizes of one pound up to 20 pounds.

Minnesota Stoneware Company 12 gallon crock, birch leaf



I am curious if you would be able to provide some information and possible a value? Here are some more photos too! Thanks for your help!



Joe, you have a Minnesota Stoneware Company 12 gallon crock that was produced around 1906 to 1908.  With the base chips and hairline on the rim the value is between $60 & $80.  Al Kohlman

20 Gallon Salt Glaze Butterfly, front stamped


I have this crock, I am going to have to downsize my house and need to find a place that I can sell it. I live in Arizona and don’t know how to go about it. Can you give me some advice, on how or where I could sell it. It is in very nice condition, no hairlines or cracks, but does have one chip on one ear, and on smaller one on the other ear (which is almost hidden because it is on the underside of the ear.

Thank you so much for your help.



Nellie, you have a nice butterfly here.  The tough part is selling it in Arizona as there are not many Red Wing collectors in that area.  You really don’t want to ship it as it is large and quite heavy,so shipping charges will be quite high.  The best is to first try Craigslist and make sure that you state PICK UP.   If you have no luck there, you can try eBay, but again state PICK UP.   Every now and then, some one will state they want you to ship it.  If that happens let them know that you will take it to a UPS Store and they will package, insure and ship it at the their expense.   Good luck.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing brown molded (looks like a one gallon) jug


Here is a picture of our Red Wing jug……we don’t know a thing about it……hoping you can tell us how old it is and it’s value? Joyce


Your Red Wing brown molded (looks like a one gallon) jug was produced between 1895 and 1900 or so.  In perfect condition $70 to $80.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Red Wing salt glazed Rib cage beehives


Hi I was wondering how much my jug might be worth? It is absolutely flawless with no hairline cracks or chips. I might be interested in selling it.




Will, these 5 gallon Red Wing salt glazed Rib cage beehives are down with other antiques.  Today’s value is right around $1500 for this jug.  Very nice looking piece.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 4 gallon crock with a large oval


I have a 4 gallon Red Wing zinc glazed crock. It has the large #4 oval and is in mint condition. The amazing thing about this crock is that is hand turned! Is this a rare piece? I’ve never heard or seen of anything like this before. What is it’s value?


Kacey, you have a very nice looking Red Wing 4 gallon crock with a large oval. In perfect condition the valve is between $70 & $80.  Al Kohlman

15 gallon side stamped Red Wing double leaf salt glazed crock


I have a 15 gal glazed crock side stamped redwing stoneware company,There are no cracks or chips that I can tell anyway This was my great Grandparents crock pasted down and wondering what it might be worth?

Height  19 inches

Width   15.75  ID

The stamp is on the lower back side about 3 to 4 inches from bottom. I have tried to research on and off for years but never found one like this appreciate any help you can give me

Thanks Dennis


Dennis, your Grandparents 15 gallon side stamped Red Wing double leaf salt glazed crock is a nice piece to be handed down to you.    The decorations are a little light which does affect its value.  As I see it, $1600 to $1800.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon RW crock and 5/6 lid

Question: How much is this crock and lid worth. Thanks Debra


Debra, if your 5 gallon Red Wing crock is in perfect condition the value is between $70 & $80.  If the 5/6 lid is perfect $150.  Al Kohlman