Red Wing Self- Drainer, 15 gallon

Question:

Hi:

We purchased this item at an auction.  We do not know what it is but were told it is a self-draining jar.  It is 20″ tall and about 15″ wide.  It is wide open on one end and has a drain hole in the other end about the size of a half dollar piece.  We put it next to our 8 gallon crocks and it is much larger-it must be a 10 or 12 gallon size.

 

The writing says:

 

       Red Wing

Union Stoneware Co.

    Red Wing, Minn.

 

This is the only writing on the piece and it is in very good condition, only two very tiny chips, no other chips or cracks.  

 

We were also told there was some kind of a stand for it.  We are interested in the value of this piece and if there is a stand for it.  Thank you for your time.

 

Carol & Mike

Answer:

You do indeed have a Red Wing self draining jar.  It looks like it could be even a 15 gallon size.  Some collectors find a crock this size and set the self drainer on top of it with the funnel of the self drainer now sitting inside the bottom crock.  Others make a stand for them.  They are quite neat, but take up quite a bit of space to display them correctly.  Space is what takes the value away from these self drainers as collector at one point or another run out of it.  In mint condition, the value is around $150 to $175. Al Kohlman

Red Wing Stoneware Company Butter Crock, bottom marked

Question:

We have a small crock by the Red Wing Stone Ware Company. The bottom of the crock is signed. The piece measures 5.5″ across by approximately 3.5″ tall. It was a part of my grandmother’s antique dairy collection.

There aren’t any markings as to the size that can be contained. There is a small gold mark on the front, but from looking at hundreds of listings on ebay we can’t find a similar mark.

Can you give more information on the history/use of this crock and an approximate value?

Thank you in advance.
Crystal

Answer:

Your grandmother has a Red Wing butter crock.  It was produced between 1895 & 1920.  With the chips and not decorations the value is between $25 & $35 in today’s market.  Al Kohlman

5, 3, and 2 gallon Elephant Ear, 4 gallon Red Wing, and 3 gallon jug

Question:

I am wondering what the value is on some of these pieces I have. I appreciate your quick response.  Thank you.

The 5 Gallon Elephant Ear is in black ink and the front is stamped Union – Stoneware Co. – Red Wing, Minn. – it is also stamped on the bottom of the crock – it says, Minnesota Stoneware Co Red Wing – it is in very good condition.

The 3 Gallon Elephant Ear is in black ink and the front is stamped Union – Stoneware Co. – Red Wing, Minn. – it is also stamped on the bottom of the crock – it says, Minnesota Stoneware Co Red Wing – it is in very good condition. I also have a 3 Gallon Elephant Ear  (not pictured) with all the same front and bottom markings but it is in blue ink.

The 3 Gallon Jug’s number is in blue ink and has no other markings – it has a chip on the rim but the rest of the jug is in good condition.  I do not know much about this particular piece but thought it unusual.

The 2 Gallon Elephant Ear is in blue ink and the front is stamped Union – Stoneware  Co. – Red Wing, Minn. – it is stamped on the bottom of the crock – it says, Minnesota Stoneware Co Red Wing – it also is in very good condition.  I also have another 2 Gallon Elephant ear (not pictured) with all the same front and bottom markings but is in black ink.

And last but not least…a 4 Gallon crock with the red wing and is front stamped Red Wing – Union Stoneware Co – Red Wing, Minn – it is in very good condition although it seems to have a faded look to it where the numbers, wing, and front stamp are not as pronounced on the crock.

Thank you so much for your opinions on these pieces.  Kim

Answer:

The 5 Gallon Elephant Ear is in black ink and the front is stamped Union – Stoneware Co. – Red Wing, Minn. – it is also stamped on the bottom of the crock – it says, Minnesota Stoneware Co Red Wing – it is in very good condition.  Value $225 to $250

The 3 Gallon Elephant Ear is in black ink and the front is stamped Union – Stoneware Co. – Red Wing, Minn. – it is also stamped on the bottom of the crock – it says, Minnesota Stoneware Co Red Wing – it is in very good condition. I also have a 3 Gallon Elephant Ear  (not pictured) with all the same front and bottom markings but it is in blue ink.  Value $125 to $140

The 3 Gallon Jug’s number is in blue ink and has no other markings – it has a chip on the rim but the rest of the jug is in good condition.  I do not know much about this particular piece but thought it unusual.  Value with the chip and no decoration is $75 to $100

The 2 Gallon Elephant Ear is in blue ink and the front is stamped Union – Stoneware  Co. – Red Wing, Minn. – it is stamped on the bottom of the crock – it says, Minnesota Stoneware Co Red Wing – it also is in very good condition.  I also have another 2 Gallon Elephant ear (not pictured) with all the same front and bottom markings but is in black ink.  Value $100 to $125

4 Gallon crock with the red wing and is front stamped Red Wing – Union Stoneware Co – Red Wing, Minn – it is in very good condition although it seems to have a faded look to it where the numbers, wing, and front stamp are not as pronounced on the crock.  Value $75 to $90

Al

10 gallon crock Red Wing salt glazed butterfly crock

Question:

Hi, I bought this 10 gallon crock at a consignment shop recently for $89, and would like you to help me determine what I have found! I just started collecting Red Wing Stoneware and only been buying the newer Zinc glaze crocks so don’t know much about the older Salt glazed pieces. In looking in my Red Wing Encyclopedia, it appears to be a Salt glazed Cobalt Blue Butterfly pattern crock. Please let me know what you think about the crock and what the value might be. There are no cracks or stains and the glaze is great, there is one small chip on each handle, that’s it! I’m really excited about this find, but would appreciate your expertize! Thanks! 

Fred 

Answer:

Fred’s 10 gallon crock is indeed a Red Wing salt glazed butterfly crock.  With the description stated and the size of the butterfly the value would be $900 to $1000 (unsigned).  What a great find and beautiful piece of Red Wing decorated salt glaze.   Al Kohlman

8 gallon Red Wing and 15 gallon Western

Question:

My mom’s has some stoneware that she is trying to sell for the property taxes.

I attached some photos for you. The Western does have a crack and I took a photo of that too.

 

Thank you again for all your help.

 

Melissa

Answer:

Melissa’s mother’s 8 gallon Red Wing crock with the 6 inch wing would have a value in today’s market at or close to $150 if cleaned up and in perfect condition.  The Western crock with the large crack would have a very low value, maybe $20 or so.  Al Kohlman

If it has no cracks or chips I would say in today’s market the range would be $125-$175 to a collector.

Thanks,
Scott

Red Wing 20 gallon transion leaf crock

Question:

Could you please tell me what you think this is worth?

Lovely 20 gallon Red Wing Crock with hand drawn leaves and the number 20 also hand drawn in blue.  It is stamped Union – Stoneware Co. – Red Wing, Minn.

It does have a crack near the back of the crock which does go all the way throught to the inside of the crock. It has been repaired by a previous owner.

Thank you for your time. Kim

Answer:  Kim, two back that crack is so large on your Red Wing 20 gallon transion leaf crock.  Value with the crack would be $500 to $600.  Still a very pretty piece.  Al

Milk Pans, nesting them small to large

Question:

Al,

My question is on milk pans.  I have collected a set of the white milk pans.  Each of the pans nest within the next larger pan, except for the 1.5 and 2 gal pan.  The 1.5 will not nest all the way in to the 2.  They rest on the rims.  All of my pans are bottom marked.  I have tried many different combinations (newer and older bottom marked) and can not find a combination that works.  Do you know if they ever were intended to nest or if anyone has a nest?

Soured Milk Pan Dan

Answer:

Dan, I have only bought and sold milk pans, but have never tried to nest them together.  I am afraid I am of little help with this one.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Fruit Jar – believed to be fake

Question:

Could you tell me if this Fruit Jar is rare and how much it might be worth? I believe it to be a quart size.

Thanks

Erich

Answer:

Erich, I am afraid that this is not a Red Wing fruit jar as I have never seen this style before.  Therefore, I strongly believe the Red Wing on this jar is a Fake!   Now if you can get your hands on this jar, take a small pocket knife and see if that red wing will not begin to peal off when scraped. 

Let me know as I would love to have a follow-up on this piece.  Al

5 gallon, large wing shoulder jug

Question:

I have 2 questions on stoneware, both 5 gal. jugs. I’ve attached a photo of one… The one with the 5 on the neck, IT IS ALSO BOTTOM SIGNED “RWS CO” in a straight line.

The second jug, also 5 gal. has albany slip (brown) on the neck above the shoulder. The price guide shows a 1/2 , 1, and 2 gallon with only a wing… The one I have has the wing and also an oval. I am not able to supply a photo at this time as it is not in my possession yet.

Would the expert comment on value of these 2 items. THANKS.

Chuck

Answer:

Chuck, the first 5 gallon shoulder jug with the gallon-age number on the domb and with the 6 inch wing has a value between $250 & $300 depending on condition.  In mint condition, I would go with the higher value.

Now the second 5 gallon with the red wing and oval with the Albany slip top depends on conditon and the size of the red wing.  I have had them all and sold them anywhere from $300 for the small wing with light markings to $800 for a 4 1/2 inch red wing (that was one of the best 5 gallon wing jugs that I have ever seen or owned).  Hope this helps.  al

Saskatoon advertising pieces

Question: 

: What kind of lid would my water cooler take, a button or bar lid and what value would you put on these 4 pieces. The water cooler and churn each have a tight hair line, these are the only ones I’ve seen or heard of.

Thanks

Andre

Answer:

Hi, Andre – first of all, thanks for sharing your photo.  Your churn and cooler are awesome!  Either lid would look great on your cooler, but the button lid is the type of lid it would have came with originally.

Regardless of where they live, Cairns advertising appeals to most collectors of Red Wing advertising stoneware because of the “Crockery Dept.” wording.  In today’s market, the 1 gal crock is probably in the $500-$600 range if mint.  The jug is probably $400-$500 if mint.

The churn and cooler, however, are the pieces most of us haven’t seen before.  We knew Red Wing made these though.  The Red Wing Potteries Ledger, which lists special orders placed between 1906 and 1914, has an order from Cairns that includes four 4 gallon churns and 15 6 gallon coolers.  To give you some perspective, they also ordered 150 1 gallon crocks and 50 2 gallon jugs.  Although I believe they placed more than one order with Red Wing over the years, clearly very few churns and coolers were made and even fewer still exist today.

Placing value on damaged items is really difficult, especially when they’re rare items.  I think the cooler could bring $2,000-$2,300 if was mint.  But with the damage being on the front of the cooler right through the ad, the value would be significantly impacted.  My guess is that it would sell for under $1,000 if offered at the right auction.  I believe if the churn were mint, it could bring $1,750-$2,000.  Again, the damage significantly imapcts the value, but at least the crack is more on the side of the churn than the front.

Again, thanks for sharing these beauties!  You’re fortunate to have them in your collection. Rick