Watkins Extract Advertising Jug

Question:

My father passed away 3 years ago and sitting on his cellar stairs were two jugs.  One is labeled Watkins Extracts.  I tried to get a little info online and Google brought up Red Wing advertising jugs.  I do not personally collect stoneware, but wondered if this specific jug is considered collectible.  The other jug is unmarked but I included photos of that one as well.  Any information you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. The Watkins jug measures about 11″ tall by 22″ around. The other jug measures about 9.5″ tall by 20″ around. It has a shiny glaze and orange peel kind of texture.

Thank you so very much for your time.

Donna M.

Answer:

Donna, the Watkins Extracts brown top advertisingg jug is Red Wing.  It is a very common advertising piece that after the economic meltdown from 2008, it no longer holds the value it once did.  Today in perfect condition $250 is about where  I would put it at.  The salt glazed jug is not Red Wing and I just have no idea of it’s value.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Sewer Pipe Sample

Question

Hello,

I have a Red Wing Sewer Pipe sample which doesn’t have a bottom like I’ve seen.  It’s about 3″ by 2-1/2″.  On one side it reads:  “Compliments Red Wing Sewer Pipe Co Red Wing, MN.”  On the other side it reads:  “Our pipe has the most Vitrified Body, Best Glazed, Truer to circle and is and is much stronger than any pipe made”

Could you help with age, value and what it was supposed to be used for.  Thank You Very Much!

Tom

Answer

Tom, you have the rarer Red Wing sewer pipe sample.  The Red Wing Sewer pipe Co was in business from1901 to the 1970’s.  Value on your sewer pipe sample is between $200 & $250.  Al Kohlman

3 gallon Winnipeg advertising jug

Question

Just wondering if these jugs are red wing or not? I have had them for a few years. If I was to sell them,what should I ask? Thank-you William

Answer

William, the 3 gallon Winnipeg jug is Red Wing.  In perfect condition, $300 to $400.  Now the Albany slip cone top jug I cannot read and I am not sure if it is Red Wing.  Could you send me a photo from the side and also the back of the handle where the handle attaches to the base.  I can better help after viewing those photos.  Al Kohlman

Union Stoneware trade card

Question

I am not sure if the Ask An Expert section is still a part of the site but will ask anyway.  This is a 5” tall Union Stoneware trade card in perfect condition. Any idea of the value? I can’t find another like it anywhere. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. Steve

Answer:

Steve, I have seen these Red Wing advertising cards sell between $250 & $300.  They are a tough find in this condition.  Al Kohlman

30 gallon double leaf Red Wing crock, salt glaze

Question

Hello Al, could you tell me something about this great 30 gal. crock? It is stamped Minnesota and is in great shape. Is it salt glazed? What would the value be.

Thanks again for all your help you give to people!!

Tim

Answer:

Tim, this looks like the 30 gallon double leaf Red Wing crock that sold this past weekend in Wisconsin.  It was produced by the Minnesota Stoneware Company between 1883 & 1895.  In absolutely perfect condition the value is between $8500 & $9000.  Al Kohlman

Fondoso creamer

Question

Hello! I have a small piece of Red Wing I picked up at an auction. I was hoping to find out its value and history. I doubt it’s a very exciting piece, but I do love it! It’s a small orange pitcher about 5 inches tall and has a chip on the rim, as seen in the photo. Any information you can share your be appreciated. Thank you for your time! -Becca

Answer

The item in the photo is a creamer from the Fondoso dinnerware pattern. The pattern was designed by Belle Kogan, a well known designer who developed several other dinnerware patterns and numerous art pottery items for Red Wing.  Fondoso is part of Red Wing’s extensive Gypsy Trail line.  The pattern was introduced in 1939 and made until around 1942.  Many different pieces were made in the Fondoso pattern, ranging from plates and bowls to pitchers, teapots, casseroles and salt & pepper shakers.

The creamer would be worth $15 to $20 in excellent condition.  With the damaged rim your creamer isn’t worth much, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it!

6002 Bowl

Question:

I have a piece of art pottery. It has “Red Wing USA ” etched in the bottom of it. Also, the number 6002 is etched above it. What would this be worth today?

Answer

Hi, this is part of the “6000” series done in 1949. The glaze is called quartz and was made in a white/gray, red, or yellow glaze. Fairly rare forms, not too many were made. This is shape #6002. Value is around $300.00 in perfect condition. Thanks, steve n rose

Random Harvest Tid Bit tray

Question:

Hello! Today I picked up a Random Harvest 3-tiered serving dish. I have not been able to find any information about this particular item and would appreciate anything you could share about it.

Thanks!

Beth

Answer:

Collectors refer to this as a tidbit tray.  Tidbit trays were not shown in dinnerware brochures or dealer price lists, but were included on “Gift or Novelty” brochures.  The brochure included a disclaimer that tidbit trays could not be ordered for a specific pattern.  The factory would send whatever tidbit trays were available at the time of the order.

 

Tidbit trays can be found in various 1-tier, 2-tier and 3-tier configurations.  Some tidbit trays have a small bowl as the top tier.  Red Wing made and sold tidbit trays as a way to use up surplus stock.  That’s why they could not be ordered in a specific pattern.

 

Because they were not standard dinnerware production items, some collectors feel tidbit trays have no value; that are merely plates and bowls ruined by drilling a hole in the middle.  Other collectors believe they have value because they were assembled by Red Wing workers and offered for sale as novelty items.  A 3-tiered tidbit tray in excellent condition is worth around $25.

Larry

Saxon Line, early brushedware

Question

Hello, I can’t find anything like this anywhere. I can only say from what I have read that it’s an 1880’s cold painted artware vase. We are selling and don’t know what to put on it. It seems rare. Any help on this would be much appreciated. Thanks, Robb

Answer

this would be some of the earliest brushedware/art pottery from Red Wing, the Saxon line, I haven’t seen one sell, I would guess somewhere in the 200.00 range.  Not much info on it, just a few show up every now and then.  thanks, steve n rose

Flour Scoop, Ceramastone line

Question:

HI , my name is Corrina just found this really nice red wing flour scoop and was curios of the year and value . Thank you so much Corrina

Answer:

This item is from the Ceramastone line, Red Wing’s final line of dinnerware.  It was made in 1966-1967.  Red Wing brochures refer to this piece as a “Handled Serving Dish”.  This dark brown dish was intended to be used with either the Hearthstone Beige or Heatherstone patterns.  Value is around $25 if it is in excellent, undamaged condition.

Larry