Hand Turned 5 gallon beehive with dark brown glaze with the 5 “scratched in”

Question:

Dear Al,
   There is a Hand Turned 5 gallon beehive with dark brown glaze with the 5 “scratched in” coming up for sale.  They are on page 151 of the Red Wing Encyclopedia at the bottom if you need a reference with my somewhat poor description.  The handle is stamped with RWSCo.  I don’t know the condition as of yet but can you give me a current value on this piece, assuming it is mint and then I can go from there.
 
Thanks, Dru

Answer:

Dru, if in mint condition, the value is safe at $1200.  Al Kohlman

Collection of stoneware

Question:

We have an upcoming Antique/Collectible Auction which will be featuring a fairly large Private Glaze Crock collection. We are now researching values or rarity of this collection, and are reaching out to those who would know best.

If you have a minute, I have inserted a couple of pictures (long shot pics) of some of the items, and would be interested in any help you could provide. We of course can provide more detail pics if you are able to assist us.

Thank you very much for your time & consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Katrina

Answer:

Katrina, there are only 3 pieces of Red Wing in your photos that I can see.  The 5 gallon Red Wing churn without lid  $130 to $150,  2 gallon salt glazed crock with target mark in center of photos  $125 & the 5 gallon birchleaf beehive without oval $200 to $250.  Hope this helps some.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Crock sizes and uses

Question:

Al:

What is the largest Red Wing crock that was manufactured?  We have always thought that the 60 gallon was the largest crock, but a friend of ours was told by another collector that 80-gallons were also made.

What were the large crocks (the 40-gallon, the 50-gallon, and the 60-gallons) used for?  The other collector, who I truly believe is pulling our leg, said a number of the larger crocks were sold to state universities and area hospitals and were used for cadaver storage.  I know – a gruesome thought, but this idiot really thinks this is how they were used.

We would appreciate if you could give us an idea of how the crocks were utilized being so large!

Thanks, in advance, for your time!

Denise 

Al:

 

What is the largest Red Wing crock that was manufactured?  We have always thought that the 60 gallon was the largest crock, but a friend of ours was told by another collector that 80-gallons were also made.

 

What were the large crocks (the 40-gallon, the 50-gallon, and the 60-gallons) used for?  The other collector, who I truly believe is pulling our leg, said a number of the larger crocks were sold to state universities and area hospitals and were used for cadaver storage.  I know – a gruesome thought, but this idiot really thinks this is how they were used.

 

We would appreciate if you could give us an idea of how the crocks were utilized being so large!

 

Thanks, in advance, for your time!

Denise

Answer:

The largest Red Wing crock produced was the 60 gallon.  Red Wing did produced two or three 70 gallon jugs for the world’s fair.   I have also heard of an 80 gallon crock, but it was not made by Red Wing.

The large 60, 50 & 40 gallon crocks were used by chemical companies, large dairies and have seen the 50 & 40′s used for storing vegetables.  I myself picked up a 50 gallon crock that the homeowners use to make dill pickles in (can you even imagine eating 50 gallons of pickles.  Must have been a large Catholic family).  They were also used to store cook downed meats.

These large crocks have been found in Hospitals, but not for storing cadavers that I have ever heard.  Like the large hardware stores, they were used to store chemicals needed for research, cleaning, distilled water and other liquids that had high demands.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 1 gallon crock with the 4″wing and minor chip

Question:

Hi, I was wondering what the price value for a 1 gallon crock. It’s grey in colour and the redwing logo is smooth to the touch and is 4 inches long. There is no lid and has the tiniest chip on the bottom. There are no other stamps or markings on it. Thanks so much!! From an interested Canadian…

Answer:

Interested Canadian, your one gallon Red Wing crock with the 4″wing and minor chip would have a value around $400.  These are kind of a tough find.  Al Kohlman

4 Red Wing crocks 5 gallon, 10 gallon w/lid, 15 gallon and 20 gallon w/lid

Question:

 

I have a set of 4 Red Wing crocks (5 gallon, 10 gallon w/lid, 15 gallon and 20 gallon w/lid).  They have a red colored wing (red color), patent and company id (in blue.  The 5 gallon and 10 gallon have simple handles, but not the 15 and 20 gallon crocks.  They are in good shape with no visible cracks, except for a 6” hairline crack on the 20 gallon lid.

I am looking to sell them and was curious as to what they might be worth.

 

Can you estimate their value for me?

 

I do appreciate your input.

 

Sincerely,

 

David

Answer:

David, these prices are just ball park as I am only going by what you described and without photos, I could be missing something.

5 gal Red Wing crock $80 lid $150

10 gal Red Wing crock $100 lid $150

15 gal Red Wing crock $150 lid $200

20 gal Red Wing crock $200 lid with hairline $75 to $100

Al Kohlman

gallon lazy 8 target churn, 4 gallon lazy 8 target crock, & 6 gallon leaf crock

Question:

Al,
 Any comments you can share would be appreciated. Also values. As you can see the cobalt is bold on all three. The churn is also Albany inside. The only issue with the churn/lid is a small flat chip on the base of the churn which is not visible when displayed. The 4 gallon crock is mint. The 6 gallon is just like the one in the book, there is what I believe is an irregular glaze pop on the interior base, it may be under the glaze. Mint?
As always thanks for your help.

Chuck

Answer:

Chuck, all three of your Red Wing salt glazed pieces were produced between 1867 & 1895.  Your 4 gallon lazy 8 target churn with lid would have a value between $275 & $325,  your 4 gallon lazy 8 target crock has a value between $140 & $175 & your 6 gallon leaf crock between $300 & $350.  You have three nice pieces, but at this time prices are a little soft with today’s economy.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 10, 5, 4 & 3 gallon Crocks

Question:

What can you tell me about the value of these pieces.

Damian

Answer:

Damian,  the 10 gallon Red Wing crock was produced bertwee  1915 & 1930.  It’s value is between  $100 & $125.  Your 5 gallon Red Wing crock was produce between  1936 & 1947.  It’s value with the crock is around $20.  Your 4 & 3 gallon Red Wing crocks was produced between 1936 & 1947 also.  The value of the 4 is between $75 & $100.  The 3 has a value between $60 & $75.  Hope this helps.  Al Kohlman

10 gallon Red Wing Transition Crock

Question:

Hello, I have some old pottery and would like to some idea of its value, if you could help me out that would be great. I’ll send a picture, thanks John

Answer:

This RW transition crock is rare (made only a short time in late 1890′s) and in perfect condition is valued between $1500–$1800.  Any damage would lower the value.

White Mercury Jug

Question:

I have attached a different jug that I believe is yours and was wondering if you could tell me an approximate value?

George

Answer:

This RW mercury mini jug is less common than the other style and is worth between $250-$300.

Red Wing 4 gallon shoulder jug with the ‘Imperial’ marking

Question:

Hello!  I recently found this Red Wing 4 gallon shoulder jug with the ‘Imperial’ marking.  I know that the 4 gallons are more valuable than 3′s or 5′s, and ones with the ‘Imperial’ marking are more valuable than ones without, but I’m not sure what that means for this particular piece!  It’s in wonderful condition – no chips or cracks, and the markings are strong.  I believe it to be a 4.5″ wing.  I’d appreciate any information you could give me on value etc!

All the best,

Amber

Answer:

Amber, the imperial jugs were made for Canada. They are 1.4 gallons in every gallon (or your 4 gallon jug will hold about 5 gallons of liquid).  You are also correct that 4′s in the jugs have a higher value than the 3′s & 5′s.  Value on your 4 gallon Red Wing Imperial jug in perfect condition is $150 to $175.  Al Kohlman