2005 RWCS Commemorative

The 2005 Red Wing Collectors Society Commemorative is a
replica of a Red Wing Perfection Syrup Jar produced in the 1920’s and
1930’s.  These jars came in three distinctive models: Self
Draining Jar with straight sides and concave bottom; Self draining jar
in the shape of a water cooler in 5 and 10 gallon sizes only; and the
most common type being a standard jar with a flat bottom with a 1 ¼
inch opening in the front.

These self draining jars
can be commonly found with wings, logos, advertising and stamped
markings that included the phrases; "Perfection Sanitary Self Draining
Jar", “Red Wing Self Draining Jar", and "Perfection Self Draining
Jar”.  Most jars included the size of the jar stamped on the
outside. An example with birch leaves has also been found.

bottom jars could be ordered with special size openings to allow
connections for pipe, hose and faucet.  All the jars were
advertised as being of extra strength, vitrified stoneware body, with a
heavy acid-proof, nom-absorbent glaze.  The self draining jars
were used for practically any mixture or preparation and would not foul
or taint the product.  The jars were used in home, farm,
industrial and business applications. Jars have been found that were
used in cheese plants, service stations, bakeries and maple syrup
operations. Jars as large as 100 gallons were reported to have been
used in ammunition productions.

According to the
February 15, 1928 revised Price List; jars were available in the three
types in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30,40, 50 and 60 gallon sizes.  A
standard bottom syrup jar was listed as having two 1 ¼ inch openings.
They could be ordered with fixtures to allow introduction of a water
line connected to float through the top opening to continuously feed
water to the jar.  Standard lids fit all the jars except the 5 and
10 gallon sizes which used a water cooler lid.

2005 Commemorative is a model of the self draining jar which came with
bailed handles, in the shape of a water cooler with an opening in the
bottom.  These jars generally included bailed handles and
decorated with a wing, logo, blue bands and the size indicated on the
outside.  The 2005 Special Commemorative is a larger version of
the regular Commemorative. Both Commemoratives were produced by Western
Stoneware in Monmouth, Illinois.

(Reprinted from the insert placed in each Commemorative)


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2005 Commemorative- Perfection Syrup Jar

The 2005 RWCS Commemorative is a replica of a Red Wing Perfection Syrup Jar producted in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  These just comae in three distinctive modeds.  Self Draining Jar with straight sides and concave bottom.  Self drining jar in the shape of a water cooler in 5 and 10 gallon sizes only; and the most common type being a standard jar with a flat bottom with a 1 1/4 inch opening in the front.

Therwe self draing jars can be commonly found with wings. logos, advertising and stampe markings that included the phrases: "Perfection Sanitary

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RWCS 2005 Convention Huge Success

The July 2005 RWCS Convention was by all standards a
huge success.  2,336 members attended from such faraway places as
Norway, Canada, Hawaii, California, Washington, Texas, Arizona, Alabama
and Maryland. Doesn’t that say something about the dedication of our

Some of the highlights of the Convention were:

  • The Commemorative, a Red Wing Perfection Syrup Jar with lid, was very popular. (see accompanying News Article)
  • The live pottery demonstration by Rowe Pottery received a lot of attention.
  • 131 future members of the RWCS attended KidsView Seminars.
  • The Auction sales on Thursday night were $148.690
  • The
    Scavenger Hunt, created by Diane Hallstrom, brought great participation
    and excitement. Could the $100 cash prize have helped?
  • 3 new Chapters, Wolverine (MI), Lewis and Clark(MT, ND)and Sunshine State (FL) were accepted into the national RWCS.
  • The Show and Sale was well attended and sellers felt sales were good.

Plans are already underway for next year’s Convention, July 6-8, 2006.


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Welcome to Mark Collins as Interim Treasurer RWCS

Mark Collins has agreed to and was voted by the RWCS Board of Directors as the Interim Treasurer of the Society. 

Mark hails from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has been a member of the RWCS since 1999, primarily collects stoneware and art pottery. He also collects Cahoy Pottery which comes from his home area in Tripp County South Dakota.

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Newsletter Bidding Process

The RWCS issued a request for bidders to publish
the RWCS Newsletter in February, 2005.  Bidding specifications
were sent to prospective bidders with a deadline for all proposals
being June 1, 2005.  There were six bids submitted to
the Newsletter liaison.

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Changes in the RWCS Business Office

Kay Wilshusen, RWCS Business/Convention Manager for the past eight years left on May 13, 2005.   Kay was the first Business Manager/Manager of the RWCS and worked with the Board to develop the first budget, Quick Books accounting system, computer programming to increase the efficiencies of registration for Convention.  Kay told the Interim President on her last day that after eight years the “time was right for me”.  When asked what she was most proud of with her years of working with the Society she said it was having a successful Convention.  We thank Kay for the years she dedicated to the RWCS and wish her well in future endeavors.

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