Red Wing 20 gallon transion leaf crock


Could you please tell me what you think this is worth?

Lovely 20 gallon Red Wing Crock with hand drawn leaves and the number 20 also hand drawn in blue.  It is stamped Union – Stoneware Co. – Red Wing, Minn.

It does have a crack near the back of the crock which does go all the way throught to the inside of the crock. It has been repaired by a previous owner.

Thank you for your time. Kim

Answer:  Kim, two back that crack is so large on your Red Wing 20 gallon transion leaf crock.  Value with the crack would be $500 to $600.  Still a very pretty piece.  Al

Milk Pans, nesting them small to large



My question is on milk pans.  I have collected a set of the white milk pans.  Each of the pans nest within the next larger pan, except for the 1.5 and 2 gal pan.  The 1.5 will not nest all the way in to the 2.  They rest on the rims.  All of my pans are bottom marked.  I have tried many different combinations (newer and older bottom marked) and can not find a combination that works.  Do you know if they ever were intended to nest or if anyone has a nest?

Soured Milk Pan Dan


Dan, I have only bought and sold milk pans, but have never tried to nest them together.  I am afraid I am of little help with this one.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Fruit Jar – believed to be fake


Could you tell me if this Fruit Jar is rare and how much it might be worth? I believe it to be a quart size.




Erich, I am afraid that this is not a Red Wing fruit jar as I have never seen this style before.  Therefore, I strongly believe the Red Wing on this jar is a Fake!   Now if you can get your hands on this jar, take a small pocket knife and see if that red wing will not begin to peal off when scraped. 

Let me know as I would love to have a follow-up on this piece.  Al

5 gallon, large wing shoulder jug


I have 2 questions on stoneware, both 5 gal. jugs. I’ve attached a photo of one… The one with the 5 on the neck, IT IS ALSO BOTTOM SIGNED “RWS CO” in a straight line.

The second jug, also 5 gal. has albany slip (brown) on the neck above the shoulder. The price guide shows a 1/2 , 1, and 2 gallon with only a wing… The one I have has the wing and also an oval. I am not able to supply a photo at this time as it is not in my possession yet.

Would the expert comment on value of these 2 items. THANKS.



Chuck, the first 5 gallon shoulder jug with the gallon-age number on the domb and with the 6 inch wing has a value between $250 & $300 depending on condition.  In mint condition, I would go with the higher value.

Now the second 5 gallon with the red wing and oval with the Albany slip top depends on conditon and the size of the red wing.  I have had them all and sold them anywhere from $300 for the small wing with light markings to $800 for a 4 1/2 inch red wing (that was one of the best 5 gallon wing jugs that I have ever seen or owned).  Hope this helps.  al

Saskatoon advertising pieces


: What kind of lid would my water cooler take, a button or bar lid and what value would you put on these 4 pieces. The water cooler and churn each have a tight hair line, these are the only ones I’ve seen or heard of.




Hi, Andre – first of all, thanks for sharing your photo.  Your churn and cooler are awesome!  Either lid would look great on your cooler, but the button lid is the type of lid it would have came with originally.

Regardless of where they live, Cairns advertising appeals to most collectors of Red Wing advertising stoneware because of the “Crockery Dept.” wording.  In today’s market, the 1 gal crock is probably in the $500-$600 range if mint.  The jug is probably $400-$500 if mint.

The churn and cooler, however, are the pieces most of us haven’t seen before.  We knew Red Wing made these though.  The Red Wing Potteries Ledger, which lists special orders placed between 1906 and 1914, has an order from Cairns that includes four 4 gallon churns and 15 6 gallon coolers.  To give you some perspective, they also ordered 150 1 gallon crocks and 50 2 gallon jugs.  Although I believe they placed more than one order with Red Wing over the years, clearly very few churns and coolers were made and even fewer still exist today.

Placing value on damaged items is really difficult, especially when they’re rare items.  I think the cooler could bring $2,000-$2,300 if was mint.  But with the damage being on the front of the cooler right through the ad, the value would be significantly impacted.  My guess is that it would sell for under $1,000 if offered at the right auction.  I believe if the churn were mint, it could bring $1,750-$2,000.  Again, the damage significantly imapcts the value, but at least the crack is more on the side of the churn than the front.

Again, thanks for sharing these beauties!  You’re fortunate to have them in your collection. Rick

New Englad Malt and Hop Company Crock


Hi,  I recently became a member of the Red Wing Stoneware Collectors Society and have a few crocks and things and love them.  I bought this crock about 20 years ago in an antique shop and have always wondered if it was a Red Wing.  It is not marked, but in great condition.  Can you tell me anything about this crock?  Thanks,  Cathy

Answer: Stacy, this 6 gallon adv crock is not Red Wing.  It must be from the New England area. No idea on value.  al

5 gallon salt glazed leaf crock


I purchased this 5 gallon crock at an auction and was wanting to get a value for it. It is in excellent condition. No chips, cracks etc. I believe this is Red Wing.

Answer: Jessica your 5 gallon salt glazed leaf crock is Red Wing.  Value $350 to $450.  al

20 gallon Red Wing crock


First and foremost, thank you for this service. I have reviewed your site extensively and can not find the info on the particular Red Wing crock I have. I checked the ovals.pdf and mine is not listed. My crock has no cracks and includes the lid. It has what I believe to be the 4.5 inch Red Wing is 21″ tall and a diameter of 17″. In addition it has wire and wood handles on the crock and lid . However the Oval says ” Red Wing Potteries Inc.” I am attaching that picture as I could not find it on your site.

Thank you very much.

Answer: Terry’s 20 gallon Red Wing crock was produced between 1936 & 1947.  The potteries oval was the latest oval used by the Red Wing Stoneware Company.  Do to the large side of the 20 gallon crock, Red Wing used the 4 1/2″ wing on most of these larger crocks from this era.  Value on the 20 gallon crock is around $200.  If the lid is perfect, it’s vale is around $200 as well. al

6 gallon Red Wing crock with the logo (6 in. wing)

Question: I have a 6 gallon Red Wing crock with the logo (6 in. wing), the number 6, and the oval on both sides. The only damage is a quarter inch shallow chip inside the rim. I have been unable to find out anything about a crock with a double logo. Can you help with rarity and value?

Answer: Carol, your crock was used as advertising in a stores window. This the same decoration on both sides, customers could see what the crock looked like from the street or inside the stores. Not many of these were made, but I have seen them around and for sale. Value on your 6 gallon Red Wing double stamped crock is between $600 & $700. Al Kohlman

30 gallon Red Wing Stoneware Salt Glaze Butterfly Crock with stenciling


We have had this crock in our home for a number of years. We were wondering what this piece might be worth? Dave


Dave, this is a tough one.  I have only seen one of these to date and never heard or seen one sell. Also, with the ecomony being so tight, there are only a few collector who may or may not have the kind of money it would take to pruchase this one.  My best thought on value would be $12,000 to $15,000 give or take a couple of thousand.  Extremely nice piece of early Red Wing.  Wish it were in my living room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  al

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