2 gallon salt glaze with a target

Question:

Hello!

Attached are photos of a crock that I recently bought at a sale. It’s a 2 gallon salt glaze with a target. There is a hairline that’s about 3/4” long and what I believe is a turkey dropping near the rim. It is bottom marked. Can you tell me the age, value and what it was probably used for in it’s day. Also, could you explain the difference between a target and a bee sting?

Thank you,

Linda

Answer:

Linda, your bottom marked Minnesota Stoneware Company 2 gallon salt glazed target marked crock was produced sometime between 1883 & 1895.  With the hairline on the side, the value is between $75 to $100 at best.  Al Kohlman