3 gallon Red Wing Water Cooler with lid


Attached is a photo of a Red Wing Stoneware water cooler along with the lid. Just above the spigot it says “Red Wing Union Stoneware Co. Red Wing Minn. There are no marks on the inside or outside bottom.

I’m wondering if the lid is the correct one for the cooler. It doesn’t fit snugly. The lid’s outside diameter is 9 3/4″ and 7″ on the underside (see photo). The inside diameter of the cooler is 8 1/2″.

I’m also interested in the value. Thank you for any help!




Dan, your Red Wing water cooler with lid in perfect condition is valued around $500 in perfect condition.  The lid is the correct lid and they are not suppose to fit snugly.  Red Wing always made their lids a bit smaller than their coolers so the could be interchanged with other coolers of the same gallon-age.  Al Kohlman

5 Gallon Elephan Ear beehive jug, Minnesota Stoneware Company


Good morning,

I have been looking at the website and think it is very informative. I was wondering the approximate value of one of my pieces. It has been in my family since it was new apparently. I believe it is over 100 years old and was produced in the early 1900’s. There are no cracks in it and the cork is still in it. Please take the time to answer my question or direct me in the right direction. Thank you,Rob


Rob, you have quite a tough jug to find.  It is a Minnesota Stoneware Company Elephant Ear beehive jug with Minnesota Oval.    Just the Minnesota oval along will bring up the value by a couple of thousand dollars.   If it is in perfect condition.  $4000 to $5000.    Just a great piece.   Wish it were in my collection!  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Spittoons


Can you help us out? Are these all Red Wing? How rare are they? What are their values? Picture attached.

Thank you in advance. Mike



Mike, all three spittoons are Red Wing.  The removal top white with stripes spittoon is valued between $200 & $250. The small Albany slip (brown) spittoon $100 to $125 & the smooth sided salt glazed spittoon unsigned $400 to $$425.  Now these values are for perfect pieces.  Even small chips, hairlines will reduce the value by quite a bit on these.  Al Kohlman

10 gallon double handled threshing jug and 5 gallon Red Wing Beehive


I have a 10 gallon beehive water cooler jug with a simple “10” printed across the top. I feel like I have found the Holy Grail on this, as it’s the most beautiful jug/stoneware I’ve ever seen. Everything about it is amazing, with just one small chip out of the bottom edge as pictured, and it does not have a spigot. I’ve not seen another like it in several years of looking. Can you identify this and possibly come up with a value? I can’t find anything in the normal books and references. I can’t emphasize how great this looks, like it just came off the production floor.

I also have a 5 gallon Red Wing beehive jug that is in perfect condition. Even the lettering on this is perfect. I have read that a jug like this is worth approx. $450-500? Sound reasonable? Any answers you can get me would be appreciated, especially on the 10 gallon, as I feel I’ve really found something extraordinarily special with that one. Thanks!


Answer: Leo, your 10 gallon double handle Threshing jug
is not a Red Wing piece.  No Idea of who produced it. The 5 gallon Red
Wing Beehive was produced between 1909 & 1917.  Value in perfect
condition is between $300 & $350.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Water Cooler Sizes


I am interest in a red wing water cooler.  What
sizes were they made in and what size is the most sought after.  What
price should I pay for one that would be in good to excellent condition? Tim


Answer: Tim,
Red Wing water coolers came in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 10 gallon sizes.
They also came in hand turned, molded, 2″ , 4″ & 6″
wing sizes with all demanding different values.  The small wings have
lower values than the larger wings.  Hand turned coolers also have a
higher value than those that were molded.  So. it will be you as the
collector to pick what is the most striking to you that fits into your budget.
Most collectors (including myself) like to start out with the smaller
coolers.  With the 2 gallon coolers being some of the most expensive, they
start with a 3 gallon cooler.  With all of this being said, a 3 gallon
molded cooler with a 2″ wing, lid & spigot with a little haggling
should be within reach at $600.  Al Kohlman

3 gallon applesauce jar


I have a red wing 3 gallon applesauce jar, it has the red wing emblem, a blue “3” above the red wing, and the red wing union stoneware co. emblem under the wing. it has a
round stoneware top, held down with a wire snap lock, a wooden handle with wire
holder.. It is in perfect condition, no chips or cracks. it was stored for many
years and i discovered it as we were cleaning out our grandfathers shed. i have
never before seen one. My question is, what is it worth and where can i sell


Answer: Lance & Karen, your Red Wing apple sauce jar
has a value between $200 & $225.  eBay may be you best avenue for
selling it.  Al Kohlman

North Star primitive butterfly 20 gallon crock


Hello, I’ve had this crock for 30 years and have wondered what the value of it would be.  I’ve loved it and never thought of selling it.  It has a small nickel sized chip off one of the handles, and a small hairline crack. The outside and inside are in very good condition.   I have attached pictures of the crock.  Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.



Connie, you have a North Star primitive butterfly 20 gallon crock..  To bad there is a
hairline or the value would have hit $1200 or so.  With that hairline the value drops to around $500. Still a nice piece.   Al Kohlman

5 gallon churn and 6 gallon crock, large red wing


What is this 5 gallon churn with a hariline and a 6 gallon crock worth.




Casey, Your 5 gallon Red Wing butter churn with lid (with hairline crack has a value between $175 & $225.   A dasher was something that was not made by Red Wing, so it would not increase its value.  Your 6 gallon Red Wing crock was used for canning.  Value on it is between $90 & $110.  Al Kohlman

20 gallon Red Wing signed salt glazed leaf crock

Question: How much is this crock worth? I found it in a family basement. It does have a hairline and a band of stuff around the center. There is a back stamp Red Wing Stoneware toward the bottom of it.

Answer: This is a hard 20 gallon Red Wing signed salt glazed leaf crock to value.   I don’t know what this band of stuff is that goes around the crock.  If it cannot be removed, and with the hairline. the value will be quite low.   $300 or less.  If  that band can be cleaned off of the crock the value will be around $1500.  Al Kohlman

5-gallon water cooler with a 5 marked on inside bottom


I have a 5-gallon water cooler that I think is a Red Wing Cooler. Please take a look at the attached photos and let me know 1)  if it’s a Red Wing  and 2) what is a reasonable price. The lid and spigot are missing and the Red Wing stencil is either faded completely away or was never there. The photo showing  the 5 is the inside bottom of the cooler. This belonged to my grandmother and probably dates back to the 1920’s or 30’s.




Answer: Ed, your grandmothers water cooler is Red Wing and was produced in the early 20’s  For some unknown reason, Red Wing did not place a wing on this cooler.
Without the red wing the value will be lower.  In perfect condition $250 to $300 at best.  Al Kohlman