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

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