3 Red Wing Churn with no oval

Question:

Hello,

I just purchased this #3 Union Stoneware crock.  Can you give me information on this piece.  There is not , and it does not appear it ever had the blue stamp under the wing.

The wing itself feels like it has been embossed into the crock rather than stamped. Does the lid look like an original, or what an original would look like?  The lid has a chip on the interior rim, the crock has no chips or cracks.

Lastly, can you give me an idea of value?

Thank you for your time.

Barb

Answer:

Barb, Your 3 gallon butter churn has a value around $165.00. It has a lot of ink on it when they stamped the wing  that why it’s a little smudged and you can feel it. The lid is not Red Wing and goes on a crock.

 

Clifford Olson

Lexington Rose Pitcher

Question:

I have the Red Wing Lexington Rose pitcher, 13″ tall but the bottom logo has the black oval “RW 7”. Does this give it more resale value like on eBay rather than $25 you state. From my research, this logo on my pitcher was made prior to the “red” Red Wing logo other dinnerware. I want to know if it gives it more value as this means it’s older.  And real important: do you know the exact year the Lexington Red Wing pitcher debuted?

Thank you,
Cat H.

Answer:

The Lexington pattern was introduced in 1941.  The water pitcher was among the available items from the beginning.  The red and green colors on early Lexington pieces, including the water pitcher, were lighter.  The rose was closer to pink than red.  The black “upright wing” ink stamp was used to mark items from 1941 until the late 1940s.  This mark is occasionally seen in green or blue.
Sometime in the late 1940s, probably 1947, the “RW” ink stamp was introduced and the colors of the pattern darkened. This mark was used for a fairly brief period and is the least common mark of the three marks used on Lexington items.
The familiar pinkish-red stylized wing ink stamp was introduced in 1950.  The red and green colors continued to darken. Many new pieces were added to the Lexington pattern between the late 1940s and 1955.  Lexington was discontinued in 1955.
In my experience most collectors pay little attention to the ink stamp used to mark a particular piece.  Condition and the quality of the artwork are far more important.  There might be a few collectors who seek to add a pitcher with each of the three logos but there aren’t enough of them to influence market prices. Older doesn’t necessarily mean more valuable when it comes to dinnerware.  Some collectors find the darker colors more attractive, so they place a higher value on the later pieces of Lexington than those made early in production.
Larry R

10 gallon salt glaze Red Wing leaf crock

Question:

This piece came from my father’s house, and I suspect it came from his parents’ house in Waseca, MN. I can find no other markings on the crock. Thank you for your time.

Jean

Answer:

Jean, Your 10 gallon salt glaze leaf crock is Red Wing. A big leaf will bring around $1000 in mint condition to the right person. The chip will bring it down $600-$800 .

 

Clifford Olson

Pair of Salt Glaze lids

Question:

Hi –

I came across these 3 lids for our collection earlier this summer. The pair of salt glazed (one and two gallon) and the other 2 gallon that’s Albany slip. I’ve done a couple of searches on the site, but have come up empty on anything.

I’d love to know more about these; the year ranges they were likely produced in, if only one of the Red Wing companies made each, and their value.

Thanks for your time,

Randy

Answer:

Randy,

These 2 lids are Red Wing salt glaze. 1 gal. value  $100-$125 , The 2 gal. Value around $200-$250 in mint condition.

Clifford Olson

Pierre the Chef blue cookie jar

Question:

My name is Renee and am looking for some help. We have a Redwing Chef Pierre Cookie Jar that I believe to quite rare. I have been on the RWCS facebook page and have searched online for several days and cannot find any current information about this piece.
My husband has had this for over 25 years and it belonged to his grandmother. Otherwise we have had this and have not used it only for show. The measurements are 12″ high, 22″ around.
What I have found so far is it’s estimated value in 2010. That was said to be $750 – $1000. It’s color is said to be Fleck Nile Blue and there were not many made with this color. Photos attatched.
Please help me.
Thank-you,
Renee L

Answer:

The “Pierre the Chef” cookie jar was introduced by Red Wing in 1941, along with his friends Katrina the Dutch girl and Friar Tuck. Price lists from 1942, 1943 and 1944 show them as being available in blue, yellow, and tan colors. An undated brochure, probably from the mid to late 1940s adds green as a fourth color. The early brochures refer to the jar as “Pierre the Chef” but eventually he became known as simply The Chef.  These three cookie jars were great sellers for Red Wing. Many thousands of them were made and production continued into the mid 1950s. By then Katrina and Friar Tuck were dropped from production, but the Chef continued on along with several newly introduced cookie jar shapes. A brochure from 1956 lists fleck pink and fleck blue as the only two available colors for the Chef. This was probably the last year of production for the Chef as he does not appear in a 1957 dealers price list.

The blue fleck and pink fleck Chef cookie jars were made for only a brief period at the end of production.  They are far more difficult to find today because few of them were made.

I would estimate the current value for a Nile Fleck Blue Chef cookie jar to be $600 to $750 in excellent, undamaged condition.  Any damage will reduce the value significantly.  Antique values, including cookie jars, have declined in recent years.  This tends to be cyclical, and values are likely to rise again sometime in the future.

Larry

40 gallon Red Wing Crock

Question:

Hello! Can you please help with a valuation? Also, can you recommend a collector to buy?
Thank you! Amy

Answer:

Amy, Your 40 gallon crock in mint condition has a value around $1000.  You can try your local craigslist, face book for sale site or advertise on here.

 

Clifford Olson

Lanterns Pattern Supper Sets

Question: I have been trying to find info on this Dinner or lunch tray. I believe the pattern is lanterns or perhaps not. Pottery is not my area of expertise. I purchased a set of 4 of these for resale and am looking for any information and possible value. The trays are about 10″7 1/2″ they are divided 4sections if you count the one for the cup. Any information is greatly appreciated. Dave

Answer:

The photos show a 12″ x 9″ supper tray in the Lanterns pattern.  Lanterns was introduced in 1952 and was discontinued in 1955.
Red Wing introduced supper trays in 1951 and added them to many of their dinnerware lines over the next several years.  These trays were made in two sizes: 10.5″ rounded square and 12″ x 9″ rectangular shape. Both of these were divided into three sections and had a place to rest a cup.
Supper trays in any Red Wing pattern are scarce today.  In excellent, undamaged condition the value of a Lanterns supper tray would be $25 to $30.
Larry

M. Wolff & Sons , Chicago preserve jar

Question:

I have a Redwing Stoneware embossed 1 gal. Crock. It has a M. Wolff & Sons , Chicago logo. I was wondering about history and possible value. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Jeff

Answer:

Jeff, You have a very nice advertising preserve jar with a value of $1200-$1500 in mint condition. Wolff is listed as a grocer in Chicago along with 2 sons.

Clifford Olson

Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware teapot shape 235

Question: What can you tell me about this teapot marked Red Wing.

Answer:

This teapot is from the Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware collection, a large group of colorful pieces made to go with the Gypsy Trail dinnerware patterns. The bottom of this teapot should be marked “Red Wing USA 235” on the bottom.  This is one of several Hostess Ware teapots introduced in 1941 and was made for several years.  It appears in the 1944 Gypsy Trail catalog, which is the last known catalog for this line.  Most Gypsy Trail production ended soon after the end of World War II.
The 235 teapot is fairly common.  Available colors were orange, blue, turquoise, yellow, pink, green, and cream ivory.  Current value for a 235 teapot in excellent, undamaged condition is $25-30.
Larry R

Stoneware Canning Jar with Shield Mark

Question:  What is the value of the pictured jar. Thank you for your assistance. Bonnie

 

Answer:

Bonnie, You have a ( Shield ) stoneware canning jar. Value of around $2500 in mint condition.

Clifford Olson