6 Gallon Butter Churn

Question:
I found a 6 gallon stoneware butter churn in an attic. It is marked with "York" and I was wondering if you might know anything about York stoneware. Thanks Dave R.

Answer:
Sorry Dave, I cannot help you with this one. My best guess on your churn would be an east coast piece, but again a best guess. Sorry I was of little help. Thanks Al Kohlman

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Value of 8 Gallon Butter Churn?

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What is an 8gal red wing butter churn worth? I have one. It is complete with cover in very good shape. Thanks Karen G.

Answer:

Karen, depending if the wing is 4 1/2 inches or 6 inches will make a difference in the price of your churn. So measure the wing from it’s longest point. A 6 inch wing will demand a higher value. Glaze sheen, no staining and outstanding markings will also increase it’s worth. Otherwise with no chips or cracks the value is between $1700 & $2500. Thanks Jeff and Sue

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Salt Glaze Crock

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I am an avid Red Wing collector, but have not dabbled in the saltglaze crocks yet. I have the opportunity to buy this crock. Is it old Red Wing and what would you value it at? It’s in mint condition. Thanks Becky R.

Answer:
Becky, I don’t think this crock is Red Wing. The tail off of the 6 I have seen from pieces coming out of Ohio. Also, the piece has quite a bit of staining. Value would be in the area of $125 to $175. Al Kohlman

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Glazed 6 gallon Crock

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Hi, I have a glazed pot with handles. The #6 in blue,is on the front of the pot.I t says it was patented Dec.21,1921.Below the red wing,(towards the bottom of the pot) circled in blue, it readsred wing union stoneware co. Red Wing Minn. The handles are wire with black wooden dowel type thing.I would really appreciate what you think the value might be. Sorry I don’t have picture,but it is pretty clear. I hope. Thank You, Sharon D.

Answer:
Sharon, you have a Red Wing 6 gallon crock. If there are no chips, cracks or hairlines the value will be somewhere between $70 and $150 depending on the size of the Red Wing (the larger the wing – 2", 4" or 6" -the more value to the crock) and how sharp the crock looks. Any damage will reduce the value. Hope this helps. Al Kohlman

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Crock from 1915

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Hi, I Recently came across a red wing crock in my mother’s cellar. I don’t know much athm this one has a 20 with a 6 in redwing and union stoneware oval seal. In very good shape on cracks (no Lid). also has wire with wood handels. Also has Patend Dec. 8 1915 mark. can you give me any information about this piece and possible value. Thanks Karen R.

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Karen, if your 20 gallon crock has a 6" wing and handles, it was most-likely manufactured right around 1915. In Mint condition with outstanding markings it would be valued around $200. Any damage such hairlines, cracks or chips will reduce it’s value. Al Kohlman

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Oval Birch Leaf Churn

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My mother-in-law died and everything is being sold. she has a churn with markings as follows…..number 6 an oval below that with union at the top of oval, in middle of oval the words stoneware co. at the bottom the words red wing minn. below that is two leaves. I have no idea what I should expect to pay. Help, please. Thanks Joyce S.

Answer:
Joyce, sounds like you have a Minnesota reverse oval birch leaf churn. If it has the original lid and no damage, it’s value is $375 to $450 depending on how sharp the churn looks. If the lid is missing subtract $100. Any damage such as chips, cracks or hairlines will reduce the value as well. Good luck. Al Kohlman

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4 Gallon Salt Glaze Beehive Jug

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I just bought a 4 gallon salt glaze beehive jug at an auction. The salt glaze "coloring" looked uniform on the jug. When I got home and had it on my kitchen table with the light on above you can see that a good third of the jug has a blueish gray hue on it. I read the process how they achieved the salt glaze look. I am wondering if this side would have been in the kiln and not had any salt on it? The jug is in excellent condition otherwise. Any ballpark idea what this may be worth? I am just a beginner so any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Jeanne S.

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Jeanne, there may be a number of reasons for the different hues on the jug. It could have been close to another piece, outside wall, not enough salt shoveled into the kiln for an even coating, etc. As far as the value goes, I really need to see a photo of the jug and the decoration that is applied to it. The decoration is the largest factor when it comes to value. After the decoration comes detail, cobalt darkness, the glaze on the jug and of course condition. If you could at the very least tell me the decoration and condition, I could give you a ball park estimate. Al Kohlman

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Two Gallon Crock

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I found a redwing stone pot a few years ago in an abandoned farmyard that was being demolished, so I grabbed it. It is about 9 1/2 inches in diameter, and about 9 1/2 inches in height and about 29 inches in diameter. It has a number 2 on the front. It is almost in mint condition, with the exeption of a couple of tiny chips in it. Can anyone tell me how old it is and and what the value on it is? Thank you Rev Sylvester B.

Answer:
Rev, sounds like you found a Red Wing 2 gallon crock. With the chips it’s value is between $30 to $40. Red Wing manufactured these crocks from the early 1900’s till 1947. Al Kohlman

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Stoneware Jug from Cincinnati

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This bottle was dug up at a job site in Cincinnati OH. The location at time was a dump. There are no markings on the jug. It appears to be a cork jug since there are no rings on the inside or the outside of the top. Do you have any idea what this bottle could be or if it is worth anything at all? I have included some pics. Thank you for any help.

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Dusti, your stoneware jug is not Red Wing and most likely was manufactured by a pottery company in Ohio. The jug will have little value as most collectors are looking for either decoration or advertising. The value of your jug would be in the neighborhood of $10 to $20. Al Kohlman

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Finding Crock Dates

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How do I go about determining the date of mfg. of a crock that has been in the family for several decades? The crock has a patent date, but I dont find anything that would indicate how old it really is. Thanks! Gary R.

Answer:
Gary, the best book out there to help in dating your crock is called Red Wing Potters & their Wares. This book gives a nice history for the potters in Red Wing. It can be ordered from Locust Enterprises, W174 N9422 Devonwood Road, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051 or call 414-251-1415.

We know that your crock has handles, so it was manufactured after 1915. The next area to help you date your piece would be the size of the Red Wing and the oval below the wing. Knowing this would help better determine the time frame it was fabricated. Al Kohlman

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