I’ve had this Red Wing Beehive 5 Gal Jug for a few years now. I was told when I had bought it that it was in Frank McCormick’s private collection until he passed, and then remained in his family until I acquired it. I was able to find one of his signatures on a Gophers baseball card that had been authenticated, and it matches the signature that is on the tag on the jug. It appears to be in perfect condition, no cracks or chips anywhere, it appears to be in new / mint condition. There is no makers mark either on the front or bottom. As I understand it was produced between 1895 and 1917? I’m trying to figure a value on the piece, my best estimate is between $300 and $500, but I am wondering if the provenance of it being owned by Frank McCormick adds any value??
About Frank McCormick
Nick, the value on this 5 gallon Red Wing beehive jug is between $300 & $350. It would have a higher value if it had an oval.. As far as Frank McCormick’s goes, a collector would not pay a higher value just for the fact it was in his collection. If he had signed the piece before it was glazed, then that would be a different story. Plus you would have to have everything authenticated, which it is not. Hope this helps. Al Kohlman
Attached are photos of a jug Wanted to know if you thing its a Red Wing if it may be, with a hairline in the front, what may it be worth? thank you, Joe
Answer: Joe, this is one of those designs that is not seen on many Red Wing pieces. However, there is a Red Wing 12 gallon crock that is signed & an unsigned 4 gallon beehive with this very decoration. Also, the back of the handle looks to be Red Wing.
With all this being said, a value between $800 to $1000 is possible. Al Kohlman
I bought this 4 gallon elephant ear crock at an estate sale. As you can see it is pale green, which is unusual to me. I showed it to a Redwing dealer here in Minnesota and he had never seen one. It is the original glaze . He thought the color may have occured when they change from a salt to a zinc glaze? I was wondering if you have ever seen another one and had any more info on it. Thank you!
Answer: Ann, I have seen some of these Elephant Ear crocks with a tint of green to the glaze. I tend to agree with your Red Wing dealer that is most likely a carry over of a bit of salt glaze to the zinc glazed era. I am sure it is one of the very early Elephant Ear
pieces. Hope this was of some help. Al Kohlman
Today I purchased a salt glazed 2gallon crock. I would like to get an approximate year of manufacture and value. There are no chips or cracks and I would consider it in vg/excellent condition. There are no manufacture markings other than the target design. It is salt glazed. Thanks.
You have a Red Wing Stoneware 2 gallon salt glazed target marked crock which was produced between 1887 & 1895. Value today is between $100 & $125. Al Kohlman
I picked these pieces up in Eastern Iowa. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Sterling
Sterling, the Sterling Wine House jug is Red Wing. Value in perfect condition is between $150 & $175. It is a common advertising jug. The Advertising butter crock is not Red Wing. I think it is from Western Stoneware Co. I just have no idea of its value.
Found this jug in my attic over the weekend. It is obviously a red wing, but may you please tell me more about it.
I do not see any visible cracks or chips See picture attached.
Answer: DVR, you do indeed have a Red Wing 4 gallon Groomes & Ullrich Chicago advertising jug. In perfect condition the value is between $225 & $250. Al Kohlman
Recently I was able to buy this wonderful advertising crock. I was curious what you think the value is and if you had any idea how many were made and roughly when it was made? Thanks
Answer: your 2 gallon advertising crock would have a value between $1500 & $2000. I have no idea of when it was produced or how many were made. You can purchase the
Red Wing Pottery Ledger from the Foundation for around $30 and look all of this
information up. Al Kohlman
I have two crocks which I would like to have evaluated.
Photos attached. Thank you.
The double rib cage is in very good condition, while the Red
Wing has chips in the rim.
Answer: Virginia, the Red Wing 4 gal double rib cage was
produced between 1883 & 1895. Value $250 to $275. The 10 Gal wing crock in
its condition $100. It was produced between 1915 & 1930. Al Kohlman
Dear Red Wing,
Can you tell me if this seemingly is a Red Wing item and if so what year/is it collectable or common?
Sandra, your 3 gallon salt glazed crock with the primitive upturned leaf is Red Wing. It was produced by the North Star Stoneware Company between 1892 & 1906. If in perfect condition, it would have a value in the neighborhood of $300. Al Kohlman
What can you tell me about the value and history of the feeder.
There is a small chip at the base of this Red Wing bell chicken feeder and it will affect the value as collectors today want perfect pieces. The bell chicken feeders were produced in 1920’s. Value on this feeder is around $275 to $300. If mint value would be $325 to $350 without the base.