Red Wing 5 gallon beehive jug


Hi. I have had this stoneware jug for 40 years, it was purchased in Kansas (pics included). I think it may be a Redwing 5 gallon Beehive. Can you identify it and provide any history and a guestimate as to its value? Thanks! Ed


Ed, you do indeed have a Red Wing 5 gallon beehive jug.  It was produced between 1895 & 1917.  To bad it only has the number 5 on it.  Decorations or advertising would have greatly increased it’s value.  As it sits now.   $125 to $150.  Al Kohlman

4 gallon salt glaze crock


I have a crock that is salt glazed with what looks like the number 4 on it. It would hold about 4 gallons (almost 12” tall). I think it might be Red Wing, but not sure.





Cassie, well the handle does look to be Red Wing.  The cut line is not normally seen on Red Wing pieces, but this could have been a potter from another pottery that came to Red Wing.  With all this being said, I am going to change my mind on your piece and go with Red Wing.  Value $175 to $200.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing: 7 inch cap bowl, Packing Jar, and Applie Sauce Jar


I recently acquired 3 interesting pieces of crock ware from my mothers house.  She became ill last Feb. and recently moved her into an apartment.   While cleaning out the house to get ready to sell, I came upon these cool items.  I’m not concerned about value, but would like to know some history and age of them.    The first picture is all three.     The 2nd picture is oven ware that is approx. 7” in diameter and 4” tall.   3rd picture is the bottom of it.       I honestly don’t know what to call the 2nd item.  In picture 4 it measures 10” diameter, and 13 1/2 “ tall.   The fifth picture is a close-up of print on it.        The 3rd and final item look like a miniature of the 2nd item.   In picture 6 you’ll see there are no markings on it at all.  And in picture 7 shows the bottom of it.     I’ve looked all over the web and found the crock ware but no info on it.    Thank you in advance for your help.



Mark & Mary, your first item is a sponged 7 inch Red Wing cap bowl.  These bowls were produced in the 1930’s.  Your second item with the red wing is a packing jar or also called an apple sauce jar.  It was produced for canning and made in the teens and through the 1930’s. The packing jar came in 5, 3 & 2 gallon sizes.  Your packing jar is missing it’s lid and the hardware to seal the lid.   Your last bottom signed item is a preserve or snuff jar.  Again also used for canning or storing snuff.  These were produced in the 1920’s.  It also came with a lid and was produced in 1 gal, 1/2 gal & 1 qt sizes.  Hope this is what you are looking for.  Al Kohlman

20 pound Red Wing Butter Crock


I believe this is a Red Wing 20 lb crock in great shape. I haven’t seen one without the border before. What do you think?


Laura, your crock is a Red Wing 20 pound butter crock.  Most of these 20 pounders will have a block around the 20 lbs and a red wing.  However, we have seen them like yours and also with just the 20 lbs and having the block around it, but no red wing.  The value on these without the red wing is much lower than those complete with blocking and the red wing.  Value is around  $200 to $$250 or so.  Al Kohlman

3 gallon REd Wing salt glazed beehive

Question: Hi my name is Dave I have a three gallon beehive jug that my wife and I bought at an auction sale last summer. I was wondering if you could give me some information on it?  I think  it is in good condition , a small chip on bottom front  no other chips or cracks. I am fairly sure it is Red Wing .What is the value and age of this jug? I will attach pictures. Thank you for your help.

Answer: Dave, from what I can see of your Red Wing 3 gallon salt glazed beehive, it could very well be Red Wing.   Not being signed and with the lazy 8 target mark, the value is around $300 to $350.  These salt glazed jugs were produce between 1877 & 1895.   Al Kohlman

3 gallon double rib cage, Minnesota Stoneware Co.



I just purchased this Red Wing crock at an estate sale and would like to know about the design, age and value.  I have other Red Wing crockery but not any with this design.

It is in excellent condition, no cracks.

Thank you in advance.



Answer: Donna, you have a Minnesota Stoneware Company 3 gallon double rib cage crock.   It was produced between 1883 to 1895 or so.   Unsigned and in perfect condition, the value is between $250 & $300.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Bean pot crca 1894-95


This seems to be a salt glaze pot, about 7 ” tall x 7 1/2″ diameter at the bottom, and the bottom is marked Red Wing Stoneware Co. I need help to determine whether this is genuine and if so how old it is.

Thank you


Your Red Wing bean pot is the oldest version of their bean pot line.  It is kind of a Boston bean pot version and is show in the 1884 catalog in the Albany slip line.  Yours is zinc glaze which began right in the 1894-95 era,  It is an original Red Wing bean pot.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Butter Crock with Albuquerque advertising


I am attaching the following photos of a Red Wing Crock I found.  I wanted to know if you could give me any more information about it (age, value, what it was used for, etc.).

It is marked:

A. W. Cleland, Jr.

Bottom marked with Redwing Stoneware Co.

It is approximately 5″ tall and 7″ in diameter.  It has a glaze drip on the outside that’s the color of the inside brown.

Thank you for any information you may be able to provide,



Andrew, you have quite a find here.  You have an early Red Wing Stoneware A.
W. Cleland, Jr. Grocer Albuquerque bottom signed butter crock which was produced between 1877 & 1894.  If it is in perfect condition, the value would be in the area of (are you sitting down yet) $2500 to $3500 or so.  Al Kohlman

2 gallon birch leaf crock no oval


Hello Expert,

Is this a piece of from Union Stoneware?  If so, did they forget to put the stamp on it?

Thanks for your time.



Margaret, no the Red Wing Stoneware Company did not forget to stamp the oval on your 2 gallon birch leaf crock.  These crocks were commission for the Sears & Roebuck Stores.  Sears & Roebuck did not want ovals on there stoneware for whatever reason (some folks believe that Sears & Roebuck wanted to have their customers believe that they were the producers of this stoneware, but this is just hearsay).  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Stoneware 2 gallon reversed oval crock


I was searching for similar pictures of the attached photo and have not found anything. Is this a replica?
Kind regards.




Karri, you have a vintage Red Wing Stoneware 2 gallon reversed oval crock.  I see from the photo what looks to be a small chip at the base of your crock.  If this is all the damage on the crock the value is in the area of $65 to $75.  Al Kohlman