5 gallon Colfax Mineral Water Jug


I have this 5 gallon Colfax Mineral Water jug and am curious about the value.  It has a chip and roughness on the spout.  Also, has a small discolored crack on one side of the advertisement.  I am thinking of selling it and have been told that is collectable.

Thank you for your assistance,



Brenda, these Red Wing Colfax advertising beehives in mint condition have value in the area of $850 to $900 today.   With the chip in the spout and the crack on the size amount the other flaws, the value would be in the area of $200 to $300.  Al

Minnesota Stoneware Jug markings

Question: Hi Al,

Was wondering about a ½ gallon white Minnesota Stoneware jug that I  just picked up. On the bottom it has the following markings inscribed (not raised): 

MINNESOTA STONEWARE CO but no Redwing Minnesota. Looking through the book that I have, It looked as though all the markings shown had Redwing Minnesota (or some variation) on them. Is it unusual to find jugs without the Redwing Minnesota on them? If so, does it make them worth more? If so, by how much?

Thank You,


Answer: Darell, there are a number of different markings on the smaller pieces made by both Red Wing and the Minnesota Stoneware Company that may or may not be in the books.  The markings on the bottom of a piece does not raise the value.  Values are raised due any advertisiing or decorations on the piece.  Hope this helps. al

Albany Slip Jug

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Stoneware Lid

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2 gallon salt glaze crock

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