Butter Churn #6

Hi, I have a butter churn that I would really like to know a little more about. It is 16 1/4" tall and 9 3/4" in diameter. It has a blue mark on the front that I believe is maybe a 6. The lid is marked 5-6. I also have several crocks that I would love to get some information on, but I think I can only send one picture at a time. Thank you for any and all information you can send me on the butter churn. I sent an earlier email but got an error message so I’m not sure it went through, if so I apologize for the repeat. Thank you, Gail Kramer

Gail, you have a 5 gallon salt glaze churn. The markings are known as a "lazy eight target mark". Churns with this marking were manufactured by both Red Wing Stoneware and the Western Stoneware Companies. Your churn will date anywhere from 1878 to 1895. By looking at just the front of the churn, I cannot be certain if you churn is Red Wing or Western. The approximate valve is between $200 & $300 if there is no damage to the churn. Hope this helps. Al Kohlman