This question is for Al Kohlman regarding a RW 3 gallon water cooler. I’ve attached a few pictures of the cooler to this email. I’m very new to collecting (this is my first piece), so I don’t know anything really. But I love all the posts on your website, they’ve been so helpful and they also get me very interested in collecting more pieces.
Description- 3 Gallon water cooler with lid, in good condition (no cracks or scratches), hole at the bottom (I think a spigot is supposed to go there). The inside is a little dirty (this could have been used for planting).
Questions- What do you think this would be worth if I sold it today?
Is this a common piece or rare?
Does the size of the wing mean anything? I heard the larger the wing the more value it has.
I want to buy a spigot for this pot, is there anyway to tell if it is an authentic spigot that is supposed to go to this piece?
Thank you so much,
Tracey, your 3 gallon Red Wing water cooler was produced
between 1936 & 1947. It is the latest and last version for the Red
Wing coolers. Also, the size of the red wing does affect the value
with the largest being in greater demand. Also, the words
“Water Cooler” on the early coolers is scrolled where your is
blocked (scrolled being more in demand for collectors). With all
this being said, our cooler if in perfect condition, $225 to $250. The lid
also in perfect condition, $300 to $350. Also, the 3 gallon is a common
size and the correct spigot is the push button spigot which is marked
“Central” on either the spout or barrel of the spigot. Also,
there is reproductions on these spigots, so you need to look for the
“Central” spigot where the push button is out side of the spigot
body. These can be found at the convention from older collectors &
they run about $50 each. Hope this was helpful. Al Kohlman
In looking at the snack jar I realized it was not a Redwing but instead by Western Pottery. The refrigerator jar is a Redwing but I have it packed away as we moved some things and need to find it. I will send you a picture when I find it.
Janice, what you have is a Red Wing Sponge Band bailed
handle butter jar. Value with the damage lid is around $400 to
$450. Al Kohlman
Here are two 4 gallon Red Wings I purchased. The 4 gallon birch leaf Red Wing is bottom signed.It has a chip on the lip which is pictured below. The second Red Wing is a beehive 4 gallon with a Red Wing and a dot dash dot Red Wing oval stamp. The glazing on this one came with a manufacturing imperfection. I’m not sure if this affects the value. I will send along another email with more pics right now. I want to know what their value is. I paid $100 for the birch leaf and $300 for the beehive.
Thanks so much for your time!
Maelea, what you paid for each Red Wing jug is just about what they are worth. The glaze on the 4 gallon birch leave beehive does affect it’s value as does the chip on the spout of the 4 gallon birchleaf shoulder jug. Al Kohlman
I came into possession of a 5 gal. beehive jug that is going to be used to replicate the Little Brown Jug football trophy that spends time in the University of Michigan or Minnesota trophy case, depending on the year. I’d like to make sure that the jug I have is not inordinately valuable. I understand the history and collectible nature of Red Wing pieces and I realize that painting any such piece might be cause to shudder, but want to make sure that painting this particular jug wouldn’t be a catastrophe. To be more precise, I want to be sure that this jug isn’t especially rare or valuable.
It’s in great shape. Apart from a little dirt, the defect I can find is a chip where the handle meets the spout. There’s a light spot on the edge of the base that seems to be a high/low spot that simply has less dirt on it. There are no cracks to be found.
Also, did Red Wing provide corks or stoppers in their jugs? When I found this, I was told the stopper was original. Could that be true?
Thanks for any help.
Martin, Red Wing beehive jugs are a little soft currently. With the small chip by the spout, the value would be $200 at best. Also, the Red Wing Stoneware Company did not produce or sell corks. This was an item that you would have purchased at your hardware store. Hope this information was helpful. Al Kohlman
Just wondering if you could tell me anything about the crock in the attached pictures ? It had a large chunk out of the rim and a crack in the bac. Jim
Jim, you have a Minnesota Stoneware Company salt glazed 6 gallon rib cage butter churn. This churn was produced sometime between 1883 & 1894. If it were in perfect condition, the value would be around $600. In it’s present condition, maybe $30. Al Kohlman
Could you please give me some information on these crocks?
They are 8″ tall and 7″ in diameter. The covers are wood. One of them is missing the ball on the top of the cover.
Thanks so much! I enjoy your website.
Carolyn, what you have are Red Wing Stoneware Steam Table jars that are bottom signed. These jars were used in cafeterias to keep food warm while serving students, guess or visitors. The lids are not original to the jars. In perfect condition, the value is around $30 each. Al Kohlman
I just got these two pieces. I’m just wondering the value on them. The #6 doesn’t have any flaws on it besides rust on the handles. The #12 is great except the two handles have been broken off. Would you mind giving me your estimate? Also, I’m thinking of buying a 12 gallon crock that just has the 12 on it. I’m not sure if it is marked on the bottom, however it doesn’t have the red wing stamp on it. Should I look on the bottom for a mark if its not on the crock itself? Is the value lower on the #12 with no wing on it? I don’t have a picture of it but I can’t find any info on red wing crocks without the red wing stamp on it as far as value. I would assume that collectors look for that.
Thanks so much for your help!
Maelea, your 6 gallon Red Wing crock in perfect condition has a value between $90 & $100. The 12 gallon which has the handles broken off would have a value around $50 at best. The handles broken off really affects its value. Now the 12 gallon crock with just the number 12 on it will most likely not be bottom signed. If the 12 has an oval and no red wing, then the value could be in the $200 range. If it is just the 12, the value will drop to maybe $75 or so. Hope this is helpful. Al Kohlman
I am looking for an approximate value on a 5 gallon Red Wing water cooler. Is this something you can help me with? Do I need to be a member? I have attached a photo.
Kristi, no you do not need to be a member to ask questions. If we break down your Red Wing water cooler, I think that may help you better understand the value of it. If everything I mention is in perfect condition, then here are their values. The cooler itself is $300 or so. The 5 gallon cooler lid $350 and bubbler $80. Hope this was helpful. Al Kohlman
I have several old Red Wing crocks, all in very good condition with no
cracks.The smallest is for whipping cream.The next size has a “1” on the daisy cover but no marks on the crock itself One is marked 2; the other marked 3 – both with covers with the flower pattern on the covers. The biggest one is a 6. No cover but with handles. I use this one for a silk plant!
Two pictures attached. Can you tell me what these were probably used for and
their probable age? I remember my mother making pickles in #6. Also, what is their value?
Finally, what do people use them for today?
Kathy, lets start by breaking down the pieces you have. If all are in perfect condition than here are the approximate values. The 6 gallon Red Wing crock has a value between $90 & $100. The 3 gallon crock $70 to $75. The 3 gallon lid, $125 to
$135. 2 gallon crock $60 to $70, 2 gallon lid $125, One gallon crock $25 to $30 & 1 gallon crock lid $90 to $100. The Red Wing beater jar $80. All of these crocks were used for canning or food storage. Today, some are used for canning and others basically display and collections. Hope this is helpful. Al Kohlman
I am wondering what this Red Wing Water Crock is worth. My Mother in Law has had it for years. It is in great condition, no issues I could notice besides for a minor glazing defect on the front near the where the water spout was (you can see it in the picture). Thanks Bert
Answer: Bert, your mother in-laws Red Wing 6 gallon Ice Water has a
value between $800 & $1000 in today’s market. A nice piece of Red
Wing! Al Kohlman