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

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