5 gallon RW crock and 5/6 lid

Question: How much is this crock and lid worth. Thanks Debra


Debra, if your 5 gallon Red Wing crock is in perfect condition the value is between $70 & $80.  If the 5/6 lid is perfect $150.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 6 gallon butter churn


I bought a Redwing butter churn with a 6 on it at a rummage sale.  Is it safe to use for food?  Does it have a lead based glaze?  How much is it worth?  Thanks.


Billy, your Red Wing 6 gallon butter churn is safe to use for food use.  It has a zinc glaze and no lead was used in its production. Value in perfect condition with lid is between $250 & $300.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing salt glazed 2 gallon target marked bottom signed jug


We have an estate sale and would like to know the value of this crock,  please.

It says red wing stone ware Co on the bottom.



Astles, if your Red Wing salt glazed 2 gallon target marked bottom signed jug is in perfect condition. The value is right around $125.  Al Kohlman

Difference is between 2 elephant ears on a crock and 4 elephant ears



I am hoping that you can help me out. I am wondering what the difference is between 2 elephant ears on a crock and 4 elephant ears on a crock is? Is one more valuable then the other?  If you can help me out I would appreciate it.

Thanks, Grant


Grant, yes 4 elephant ears would be more valuable than 2 as collectors always love to see more decoration than less. However, condition, how well the decorations are printed and great glazing would also affect the value.   I would take a elephant ear crock with just 2 leaves over 4 if the two leaf crock had a super applied stamp which showed all the leaf detail over a 4 leaf with some of the leaf detailing missing (do you kind of get my drift).  If all things being equal, then a 4 leaf 15 gallon elephant ear crock would bring $50 to maybe $75 more than a 2 leaf.  Hope this helps.  Al Kohlman

Mennig & Slater advertising churns


Hello, curious to the value?  One inner rim chip.  Lid would hide the chip.   No lid.  No hair lines. chad


Chad, these Mennig & Slater advertising churns do not bring what they use to. Today, $1100 to $1200.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Red Wing Threshing Jug


I have an Antique Union Stoneware Co. Red Wing 5 Liquor Crock in very good condition.  I am not able to find a similar one with the handle and the spigot to  determine its value.  I will appreciate if you can tell me what is the approximate value for this crock. Thank You!


Answer: Yo have a 5 gallon Red Wing threshing jug, I would place the value between $800-1000 in perfect condition. Al KOhlman.

Minnesota Stoneware Company Dome top zinc glaze jug, bottom signed


Hello experts,

I’ve been following your site for a little while now, thanks a ton for all the great information and imagery you’ve supplied here. I did do a search for white ware jugs before sending this query and was not able to locate one that looked quite like this.

The piece that I am hoping to get some more info on is a white ware ball-topped jug with MINNESOTA STONEWARE Co. RED WING embossed on the bottom.

I believe it’s a gallon jug…it’s 10″ tall and 7″ in diameter.

The piece does not have any cracks, chips, or flakes but does have a couple of small scratches in the glaze.

Thank you in advance for any info you can provide!



Bill, you have a Minnesota Stoneware Company Dome top zinc glaze jug which is bottom signed.  They used to sell for around $75 before the economy took the hit in 2008. Today they sell in the area of $50 to $60.  This lower value is due to no advertising or decoration.  Still a nice early Red Wing piece.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Saffron Ware cookie jar


Hello. Do you have any info on red wing saffron wear crocks and what the average value of it may be?

Here is a picture of the crock.

I thank you in advance for your help.




David, what you have here is a Red Wing Saffron Ware cookie jar.  It should be signed on the bottom.  Your cookie jar was cold painted and I see the decoration is now beginning to deteriorate.  With no lid and no decoration  (the decoration was applied by someone else after the cookie jar was produced).  Value is quite low.  $15 to maybe $20.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 5 gallon side stamp Albany slip beehive, marked


I have a very nice 5 gallon albany slip glaze jug. It is side wall stamped Red Wing Stoneware Company and is in excellent condition with no damage of any kind. I was hoping you could provide me with approximate manufacturing date and its current value.

Thanks, Ron


Ron, first of all, just an outstanding beehive with a gorgeous Albany slip.   Your Red Wing 5 gallon side stamp Albany slip beehive was produced between 1877 & 1895.    Production most likely some place in the middle of these dates.   In perfect condition, these jugs are going in the $1,200 range.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Albany Slip beehive jug


Al,  I attended a class reunion in comfrey and spoke with tom seller who was kind enough to direct my questions to you. I have an Albany slip jug in what I would consider mint condition in color, glazing with No chips.   It has no markings except for what looks like a “six”.  But probably a five. I would like it verified as red wing along with an appraisal as it no longer fits my decor I would like to sell it and tom said you would greatly help me.    Richard


Richard, your Albany slip 5 (yes it is a 5 gallon) beehive jug looks to be Red Wing.  The spout, back of the handle & glaze all looks right.   Not being signed the value is between $200 & $300.  If the glaze is complete and no damage, I would aim for the higher value.   Al Kohlman