Star Stoneware Bowl

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I have this bowl it looks to be over 100 years old. It is 10" wide at top, it has a wire & wood handle comming across the top. Ithas a brown glaze on the inside. The markings on the botton reads THE GERMAN, then there is a star in the middle. And under the star it reads ACIDPROOF. Is this from the the north star stoneware company? Thanks Jeff

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Jeff, your bowl is not North Star. North Star did not manufacture casseroles with the words German embossed on the bottom. Also, the Red Wing Union Stoneware Company had a patent on the handles in 1915. If North Star had these handles prior to 1915, Red Wing would not have been granted a patent on them. My best guess on your bowl is The Star Stoneware Company of Crooksville, Ohio. Al Kohlman

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Crock marked with 2

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We have a Redwing Crock that has the red wing marking with 2, that is attached to a two foot section of pipe. The pipe has a screw on the end which might indicate that it was attached to something. It was found buried on land near Farm Island Lake in MN where there used to be a maple syrup business. Can you tell me what it is and what it might have been used for? Also, does it have value. Thanks Deb

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Deb, your question is somewhat difficult to answer without a photo of your crock. I think what you are describing is a 2 gallon Red Wing crock with a spigot hole. These were made by Red Wing as small coolers, for laboratories and used for various reasons. If this is what it is, then depending on condition, size of the Red Wing and if it has an oval or no oval, the price can range from $100 to $300 if in mint condition. With a photo, I could give you a better description and more accurate value. Al Kohlman

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10 gallon water cooler

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We have a red wing 10 gallon water cooler with st. paul book and stationery advertisement on it. there is no spigot. how much do you think it is worth. it is in great shape. thanks Brenda

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Brenda, if your 10 gallon water cooler with the St. Paul’s advertising is in mint condition but has no lid the value is between $600 & $700. If you have the mint lid ad another $600.

Hope this helps. Al Kohlman

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Stoneware Mixing Bowl

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I have a medium size stoneware mixing bowl. It ‘s well over 100 years old. It has a wire and wood handle on it that comes over the top of it. The markings on the bottom read THE GERMAN, IT has a star in the very middle. and reads ACIDPROOF on the bottom. I was told you might able help me. I can ‘t seem to find anything out about this bowl. Thanks Jeff

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Jeff, I am afraid I cannot help you with your bowl. From your description, I can assure you it was not manufactured by any of the stoneware companies in Red Wing.

Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Al Kohlman

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8 gal Deer Lobby Jar

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Could you please let us know the value of the 8 gallon Deer Lobby Jars.We are downsizing and have 2-a signed green one and an unsigned tan. Also a 7inch high Union Stoneware Mason Jar. Bottom marked PATJAN241899.

Thank you very much.
Warm Regards,

Helen & John

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John, your signed green lobby jar would be valued in the area of $700 to $750. The tan jar would be in the area of $400. Cobalt Blue demands the highest price of these jars. Your 7" Union Mason Fruit jar has a range of $225 to $250 depending on color of stenciling. Blue ink being worth on the high end verses Black ink. Prices reflect pieces in mint condition.

Hope this helps. Al Kohlman

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Five Gallon Salt glazed beehive

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Was wondering about this piece. Please let me know about any information you have. Thank you. Randy

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Randy, the photo you send me is not complete. However, from what I can see, it looks like a 5 gallon salt glazed beehive. I don’t think it is Red Wing do to the shape of the jug and decoration. I do believe it is Midwestern, but this is about the best I can tell. Sorry I wasn’t of more help. Al Kohlman

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Ten Gallon Redwing Crock

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I have a redwing patent 1912, 10 gal vase (its big and heavy). Is there an estimated value of this item? Thanks, Krystal

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Krystal, you have a 10 gallon Red Wing crock, the patent date should read, Dec 21, 1915. If the crock is free of all chips, cracks and hairlines you can go with my estimates. Any damage as mentioned above will reduce the value. Now these crocks were manufactured with three wing sizes. A six, four & a 2 inch wing the larger the wing the greater the value. With all this being said on condition and wing size, your 10 gallon crock has a value range of $75 to $150. Al Kohlman

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One Gallon Jug with Beehive

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One gallon jug, dark brown glaze, beehive style. Approx. 1" opening on the top, with loop handle. Raised letters on the bottom that say, Minnesota Stoneware Co along the top, and Red Wing along the bottom. Found on the farm of my mother-in-law’s mother. What would you estimate the value to be? Is it a rare piece? What time period was it made? Thank you for any help you can give. Thanks Terry

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Terry, your 1 gallon Minnesota "Common " Brown jug was manufactured by the Minnesota Stoneware Company from 1895 to early 1900’s. They are not considered rare as they are fairly easy to find. The value is between $65 & $95. Excellent condition and a strong bottom mark is what collectors are looking for. Al Kohlman

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Boy Statue

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I have a "Red Wing Boy Statue" that may be one of the rare pieces mentioned in the "Red Wing Collectibles" book on pg. 138, or, is this just a common statue created somewhere along the way? Thanks Ted

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Ted, the statue of the boy holding the crock you have is not Red Wing. I have seen a number of these Red Wing statues and all are very similar to those you mentioned in the Red Wing collectibles book. I know that these statues have been reproduced in the past and I am quite sure yours in a reproduction also. Sorry, wish I had better news for you. Al Kohlman

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Selling a collection

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My wife was an avid and aggressive collector ( # 799 ) of all things Red Wing. She passed 18 months ago. I am now in the process of inventorying somewhere close to 400 pieces of Red Wing Dinnerware, crocks, jugs, art ware, commemeratives and collectibles. I’m looking for advice about how to approach the sale of a very large collection. According to the "identify & price" books I’ve purchased, I have some very rare and expensive items in this collection. Thanks Ted

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Ted, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Hopefully I can be of some help. From your email, a collection of almost 400 pieces of Red Wing is quite extensive. In order for you to capture it’s best worth in my opinion would be a large auction scheduled close to the July Red Wing Convention. You may need to schedule this down the road as this year’s July convention is booked. My advise to you would be to contact Houghton’s Auction Service at 1967 Launa Ave. Red Wing, MN 55066 or another reputable Auction Services in the Red Wing area and discuss your best options with them. Book prices are strictly a guide. Some items listed will not bring a books value where other items listed are well below what they may bring. Auctions in Red Wing during the convention period seems to bring out the best in Red Wing values. Good luck. Al Kohlman

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