Union Fruit Jar

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I would like to know what this Union Stoneware Fruit Jar is worth? It has an inscription on the bottom that indicates it was made in the late 1800s. Florence

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Florence, Red Wing manufactured these stoneware fruit jars in the 1 gallon, 1/2 gallon & 1 quart size. Yours looks to be the 1 quart. Many of these fruit jars were incised with a Patent dated Jan. 24, 1899 on their bottoms. The stamps on the front were either in Blue ink or Black. Blue seams to be more desired by collectors. After looking at the photo, I cannot tell if it is blue ink or black on the front of your fruit jar. Either way, you have a nice piece of Red Wing. It is valued somewhere between $225 & $275. Thanks Al.

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Number 2 Redwing Crock

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I have a crock with the number 2 and a redwing. I am interested in knowing how much it is worth. Someone would like to have it and I am not sure what it’s worth. Thanks for your time, Michele

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Michele, without seeing a photo of your crock or additional information, it is hard for me to give you a fairly close value on your crock. example: Does your crock have an oval? Is the wing 2" long or 4" long? Are there chips or cracks? Therefore, I will do my best to help you out. If your crock has no chips or cracks, the average 2 gallon crock ranges from $30 to $50. Hope this helps, Al

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Three Gallon Butter Churn

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It is an unmarked churn 14 1/4" tall X 8" wide. It has an incised line around the upper portion of the crock. The cobalt is in pretty good condition with only minimal ‘fry’ . It does appear to have two spots (one in the picture) that have been filled in, perhaps chips? There are no cracks at all on this piece. It is dirty. I do believe it is a Red Wing. I would like to find out it’s rarity and value. I understand from my research that it is an early piece? Thank you for your time and consideration! Respectfully, Julie

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Julie, you have an early Red Wing salt glaze 3 gallon butter churn with a leaf. This churn was manufactured somewhere between 1878 & 1895. The spot on the front which you refer to as be filled in is where another piece of stoneware or clay had touch this piece during the firing process. Your churn is very collectible among us Red Wing salt glaze collectors. Without seeing the piece up close, I would place the value of your churn between $1000 & 1500. Al Kohlman

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5 Gallon 1915 Crock

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I bought this 5 gal crock in early eighties. I was told it was a first issue, whatever that might be. No cracks, very good condtion. Can you tell me if "patented 1915" has any significance and appx worth? Thanks for info. Lynn

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Lynn, on December 21,1915 the Red Wing Stoneware Company received a patent for the invention of securing a handle to a stoneware jar. Before this, Red Wing jars did not have handles. There were a small number of jars that were stamped "Patent Applied For". These were what I think you were told, first issues. These "Patent Applied For" are sought after by collectors. Your crock in excellent condition is worth between $50 and $80. Al Kohlman

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Thompson Dept. Store

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I just purchased my second piece of advertising for the Thompson Department Store. Can you give me any background on where this store was located and when it was in operation? If you don’t know specific can you steer me in the direction of where I might look for the information. Thanks, Wendy

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Wendy, the only information I have on a Thompson is the J.B. Thompson & Son’s store in Northwood, Iowa. The general store was founded by John Thompson in 1873. Throughout the years, the business changed in name to: Thompson & Lund, Thompson, Lund & Sime and finally. J.B. Thompson & Son’s. Thompson’s businees consisted of yard goods, clothing & shoes. You can contact the Worth county Historical Society in Iowa for further information. Hope this helps. Al Kohlman

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Perfection Draining Jars

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I own 2-30 gallon Perfection Sanitary Self Draining Jars in excellent condition and would like some back groung on them. I bought the jars in the south and wonder how they were applicable to southern usage and please give me a estimated value. Micheal

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Michael, these Perfection Self Draining jars were generally used by Dairy, Laboratories and Chemical Companies. Because of their large size, need of a stand or another crock of the same size to place on on top of for display or display upside down, these self drainers are not highly sought after. Depending on how well stamped and appealing the range of your self drainers would be valued from $200 to $250. Al Kohlman

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Beehive Jug

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Hi Folks, I have a 3 gallon Red Wing Union Stoneware Beehive Jug that has a line that goes down somewhat on each side of handle bottom where it attaches on the bottom of the jug. What causes these lines? Are they considered cracks? Are they of any concern in regard to value? Thanks! Rich

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Richard, these lines are considered "Factory" as they occurred during the manufacturing process and not by a person or object hitting it. This can occur during the drying process and is somewhat normal. Your lines on the sides are very small and would have no affect on the value of your jug. Jeff and Sue

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Water Cooler Lid

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I recently purchased a water cooler lid. The underside is nice and white like it should be but the top of the lid with the blue rings is really yellow. Is there something I can do or use to make this whiter without ruining the lid and the blue on the rings? Thanks for any help you may be able to provide. Thanks Donna

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Donna, your lid may have been an early manufactured lid and have been exposed to salt crystals which still lined the kilns from the salt glaze days. If this is the case, there is nothing that can be done to lighten this yellow tint. If your lid had some sort of glaze, paint or varnish applied to it, you may use paint stripper to remove it. Paint stripper will not affect the blue lines or original glaze. Try a small area and see what happens. My thoughts are that your lid was exposed to the salt crystals, but without seeing the lid, I cannot say for sure. Al Kohlman

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Wings on Crocks

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I have collected the one gallon mcdonalds crocks. I have them from 1991-2001. Why did they stop making them with the wing on the front? Thanks and have a great day! Denise

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Denise, McDonald crocks are an after market (reproduction) product produced by a local potter in the Red Wing area. Therefore, there is no history or information available as to why something was done to change the looks of a piece of stoneware they produce. Not being a collector of this type of stoneware, I have no information available to me as why the wings have been removed. Wish I could have been more helpful. Al Kohlman

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Chip in 5 Gallon Jug

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I would like to know the price I should ask for a Red Wing 5 gallon Jug that has one small chip at the opening of the jug. The chip is a triangluar one about 1 inch by one inch but only as deep as the glaze.
Thanks Richard

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Richard, I viewed the chip on the spout of your five gallon jug, but did not see the jug itself. Therefore, I do not know if your jug is a beehive or shoulder jug? Whether it has a wing or leaves? If it has a wing, what size is it? All these variables would help determine a price. Now even without all these variables, let’s discuss the chip.

A chip of this size on the front of the jug, will greatly reduce the value of your piece. Unless it is extremely rare, most purest collectors would not be interested in the piece unless you almost gave it away and they could see a small profit in resale.

With all this being said, what you need to do is look at what you have invested in the piece and calculate what would be a fair profit for you and fair price for the buyer.

If you are not comfortable with this, please send me another photo of the entire front of the piece and I would be happy to try and give you a price range on your jug. AL Kohlman

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