30 gallon Red Wing Crock


I recently bought this 30 gallon Red Wing Crock that does not have any bale or pressed handles.  The stamp date looks like it says 1881.  The condition is excellent (no cracks at all), but the fit & finish make me wonder if it was hand-crafted rather than casted.  Any idea on the value?  I paid $350.



Answer: Matt, you have the Red Wing Potteries oval. It reads “Red Wing Potteries, Inc. Red Wing Minn”.  That oval was used from 1936 to 1947.  So it is kind of funny to see that oval, yet on handles on the crock (Red Wing began placing handles on their crocks in 1915.   The crocks from 4 gallon to 30 gallon without handles are usually older than those with handles.  With all this being said, you have a newer 30 gallon than one would have thought when first seeing it.  If it is free of all chips, cracks, hairlines the value on these is between $300 &$350.  So you are in the ball park with what you paid for it.  Nice piece.  Al Kohlman


Wax Sealer Lids

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I’m not sure if I have to be a member to receive an answer, but I’m hoping that Mr. Al Kohlman will be kind enough to answer my question.  I did some research this morning to try to find out the type of lid that was originally used to seal a “wax sealed” stoneware canning jar.  I found a jar similar to mine (my jar looks to be 1/2 gallon in size) in your “Ask the Expert” column.  The post is titled “1 gal. bottom signed Minnesota jars,” and is dated March 22, 2014.  The lids that person is using do not look original to the jars, so I read further and found out that a tin lid was used to cover the opening and that wax sealed the lid to the top of the jar.

My dark brown stoneware jar is marked on the bottom “Minnesota Stoneware Co. Redwing Minn.”  I would like to find an original tin lid to put over the jar opening, but I’m not sure who manufactured the lids.  I have stoneware Redwing Mason jars, and they use screw-on lids with milk glass liners.  I found a sample of a tin lid that doesn’t screw on in an Ebay ad and have attached a rather poor picture of it.  I believe the manufacturer is Kerr.  I’m wondering if this is the kind of lid that was originally used on the stoneware canning jars?  I’m hoping that you can let me know.  The information would be much appreciated.


Mary Jo


Mary Jo, you are correct with the lids on the wax sealers.  They were just a flat tin lid that was placed on the canning jar and waxed was poured over them.  Now the Red Wing Stoneware Company did not produce any of the lids that I am aware of.  I am sure the jars were produced to have lids from the hardware stores (such is Kerr & Ball) fit them.  Also, it would be my best guess that those small tin lids for the canning jars came from the hardware store as well.  I think Larry’s jugs may have these lids or if you know what you are looking for, eBay would be another great sourse.  Good luck.  Al Kohlman

4 gallon salt glazed crock,


I hope you can give me some information on the maker and time of these two crocks. Thank You In Advance, Ron


Ron the 4 gallon salt glazed crock on the right is a Red Wing drop 8 with quotations.  It was produced between 1877 & 1895.  Value is between $200 & $250 if in perfect condition.  The 4 galloon salt glazed crock on the left would be called a lazy 8 target.  It is not Red Wing.  Not being Red Wing, I just have no idea of value or history. Al Kohlman

20lb butter crock


Al,    This piece is about the same size as a 20lb. butter crock. Would it be considered a butter crock or what was its use & value? No cracks, chips or repairs. Thanks


Yes these were used for butter crocks.  They use to sell  in the $1000 range years ago.  Today $700 to $800.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Red Wing crock and 8 gallon Red Wing butter churn


My parents both recently passed away, and these two crocks were in their house. My parents are originally from Minneapolis/Duluth and my grandparents owned a grocery store in Minneapolis back in the 40s-50s. I assume these came from the store. I know the pics aren’t great, and I can go back to their house to take better ones (and also of the bottoms if that helps), but I’d like to know more. I’d like to know an idea of their value, thanks Anita



Anita, the 5 gallon Red Wing crock has a value between $70 & $80 if in perfect condition.  The 8 gallon Red Wing butter churn has a value today between $700 & $800.  You might want to try Craigslist to sell your pieces. Best of luck on your sales. Al Kohlman

25 gallon elephant ear transition


Hi     My wife and I just bought this 25 gallon what can you tell us about it.


In it’s hay day, this 25 gallon elephant ear transition use to bring $3500.  Today $2500 to $2800.  Just a gorgeous piece!  I will put the value at the high end.  Al Kohlman

Minnesota Stoneware Company 3 gallon elephant ear crock


bought this about 45 years ago at a small roadside stand near Buda, TX. All I know about it is what I can read on the internet. Can you tell me something about its history and value.It has just a few very small chips around the base and one small hairline crack. I’ve attached pictures. There is nothing on the bottom.



Randy, you have a Minnesota Stoneware Company 3 gallon elephant ear crock which was produced between 1895 & 1906.  With the small chips and hairline crack, the value is $40 to $50.  Al Kohlman

Reid, Murdoch & Co. pickle dispenser and Grommes and Ulrich advertising jug



I have two pieces I believe to be Red Wing Stoneware.  Pictures are attached.

The first is a white bailed advertiser jug stamped Grommes and Ulrich Chicago. It also reads “1 GAL LIQUID MEASURE” on bottom face front.  It has a hairline along the base and the original bail is well rusted with damage to the wooden handle.  Otherwise is in great condition.

The second is what I was told is a pickle dispenser with advertising for Reid, Murdoch & Co.  It has a 2 very small chips and no cracks or other damage.  The glass appears to be original with 2 small chips.

Can you confirm that these are Red Wing pieces, give me any background you may have, and advise what you feel their value may be?

Thanks and best regards,



Ted,Both the Grommes and Ulrich Chicago. It also reads “1 GAL LIQUID MEASURE & pickle dispenser with advertising for Reid, Murdoch & Co are Red Wing pieces.  The Grommes & Ulrich with the crack has a value between $50 & $60,  The Reid & Murdoch Pickle dispenser $300 to $350. Al Kohlman

4 gallon Red Wing churn, reversed Ski oval


Hello, I was wondering what this 4 gallon churn with the Oval above the wing is worth? It is in mint condition. Thanks!



Jeremy, with the reversed Ski oval and lid, your 4 gallon Red Wing churn should be right around $300 give or take $25 either way.  Al Kohlman

Steinmeyer, Milwaukee advertising jugs


Would you have a value for this piece? Thanks Amana


Amana, these Steinmeyer, Milwaukee advertising jugs are quite common.

This particular jug shown is not made by Red Wing but has a value of $100 or so.  Al Kohlman