2 gallon birch leaf


 Hello – I have these two stoneware items and have attached pics of each in hopes that you can assist me in identifying what they are, and their estmiated value.

Thank You!  Tanya










The first item appears to be some type of preserve jar.  A salt glazed jar this size with stenciled advertising is not found very often.  It does not appear to be Red Wing from the picture you sent.  You did not mention condition.  In good condition (no chips or cracks)  I would estimate the value between $300 and $400.  The 2 gallon Red Wing crock with the “elephant ear” decoration and union oval is valued around $100 in good condition.

Bowls: blue, cream with blue stripes and albany slip


Attached are pictures of 3 bowls we purchased for around $25 total. Here are the dimensions & markings:

 Small blue bowl – approx. 4 ½” dia, 2 ¼” tall, bottom marked “1/2 pt”

Striped bowl – approx. 5 ½” dia, 3” tall, no bottom mark, small crack on the inside appears to be from manufacturing, does not go all the way thru to the exterior of the bowl

Fancy bowl – approx. 8 ½” dia, 4” tall, no bottom mark, two small chips along the rim visible in the bottom picture.

Although they are not stamped Red Wing, we thought the shape was close enough to make the purchase. Do you know if they could be Red Wing, and if so – the approximate value?

 Thank you,



I believe the bowls are Red Wing.  Other potteries made similar bowls and without a signature someone could argue they were made by another company other than Red Wing.  If you bought all three for $25, you did well.    I would place value at about $35-40 per  bowl.

20 gallon Red Wing salt glazed butterfly crock


The crock is  23“ tall and has a diameter of 17“.

The crock doesn’t have any damage or chips or stains and is dark brown on the inside.

What might have this crock held?  I assume it had a lid and what material would have the lid have been? How would the lid have been secured for shipment?   found the crock in Kansas during my college days, so these must have gone throughout the US?

The real question is, how has something that is pottery, and certainly very heavy, survived since the 1800s?

Amazing, James


You have a very nice Red Wing salt glazed butterfly crock!!  The crock had a stoneware lid.  The lids are quite rare.  Red Wing stoneware was noted nationally for its high quality in the 1880’s and into the early 1900’s.  These crocks were probably shipped in railroad box cars with straw as the material used to cushion them from one another.  In the days before refrigeration many food items such as meat and eggs were stored and preserved in these crocks.

In perfect condition and unsigned, the salt glazed Butterfly crock has a value today around $1500.  AL

3 gallon Red Wing Hand Turned Water Cooler

Question: Is this water cooler worth anything? I pulled it out of the dumpster. Larry


A three gallon Red Wing hand turned water cooler would sell for approximately $700 to $800 in today’s market and without a lid.  The lid would add another $300 to $400.

2 gallon jugs, 30 salt glaze crock


I am wondering what the value is of the crock and the 2 jugs.  I was told the 20 gallon crock was made by redwing but I have never seen this crock.  Who is it made by?   It has a brown interior and the one flaw is a very large v-shaped crack that goes all the way through in the side.  The 2 jugs have no chips or cracks but I would like to know who made the brown topped jug.  Obviously, the 4 gallon crock is made by red wing but I have never seen these without a handle.  This one does not have a handle, what can you tell me about this type of jug? Thank, Patty


The one gallon advertising jug was made by Red Wing and in good condition would have a value between $150 to $175. 

The 4 gallon Red Wing jug should have a handle.  It is possible the handle broke off and someone had it repaired without the handle.  Look closely to see if the gray color around where the handle should be matches the gray color of the body of the jug.   If the jug was made without a handle, it would certainly be an oddity.  It would have minimal value if it was repaired, but could have value around $200 if it were an oddity made at the factory.

The salt glazed crock does not appear to be Red Wing.  With the damage the value of this crock would be $100 to $150.

Collection of Village Green and Oomph Dinnerware


Would like to know how much items are worth. Wanting to know more about the Village Green Dinnerware, would like to know more information on these items before deciding on selling them or keeping.

Thank you.



Sorry but I can’t provide a good estimate of the value of this group of dishes.  These small photos of a large group of dinnerware doesn’t provide enough detail for me to identify all of the items.  I can’t be sure of the quantity of some of the items.  And there is no description of the condition of these items which is vital when it comes to determining values. 

There are pieces from two different Red Wing dinnerware patterns in this photo.  The collection also includes items that were not made by Red Wing. The only one item here that is definitely from the Village Green pattern is the divided vegetable dish in middle of the photo.  The two pitchers on the right side, the frying pan, the square tray and the elongated dish in the middle were not made by Red Wing.  Most of the other pieces are from Red Wing’s Bakeware line (commonly known as Oomph).  I cannot identify the nest of bowls in the upper left corner without seeing the sides.  The other nest of dishes appear to be three casseroles without covers.  The pitcher next to the large roaster is a Bakeware beverage server and it should have a cover. 

A very rough guess of the value of this lot would be $200-300, but without knowing more it’s really nothing more than a guess.  Assuming they are in excellent condition the covered roaster, teapot, covered casserole and large salad bowl have the most value. 


Chicken (Rooster) teapot shape 257, yellow


Hi Larry,

First, I just wanted to thank you for this site, I have learned quite allot. Second, Thank you for the wonderful and informative responses you give. Finally, thank you for not making any of your inquirers feel ignorant.

Now for my question. I have read your site for information on the 257 yellow teapot I have. There are not any chips or cracks or damage to the teapot. After reading your site and a couple of others, there  seems to be allot of off-white or cream color of these teapots. I have also found blue and green on other sites but not yellow. Is yellow rarer than the other colors and what is the worth?

My husband and I are starting to sell most of our collections (coins, Red-Wing, Roseville, Royal Dux, sports memorbilia, etc) to help fund our retirement so any help in the ansering of my question is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your time concerning this matter.

Warmest regards, Brenda


Thank you for the very kind words.  It’s good to hear from people who appreciate effort that goes into my responses.  Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

As for your yellow 257 teapot, I would not consider yellow to be rare by any means.  From my collecting experience it is one of the more common colors.  Of course the items we come across in our searches will vary somewhat from person to person, but I would not give the yellow color any greater value than the other colors. These days a 257 teapot in excellent condition is worth around $75, with maybe another $25 or so for a teapot in very clean mint condition.



Red Wing Dinnerware Marks


 I recently inherited some of the Magnolia pattern dinnerware. I have searched and searched to find an answer to a question I have concerning the trademark. The dishes have two different trademarks. One is the more popular red Red Wing while the other is an oval shaped design with the RW in the middle and the number 7 underneath. Can you give me any info/history on the trademarks and why they are different? I would appreciate your help.



Answer: Red Wing Potteries changed the ink stamp used to mark dinnerware several times over the years. The ink stamp markings applied to the bottom of Red Wing dinnerware depend on when the piece was produced, not the dinnerware pattern.  Magnolia dinnerware was made for about 10 years and three different ink stamps were used during that time.  The earliest ink stamp was introduced in 1941 with Red Wing’s first hand painted patterns.  I call this mark the “upright wing” and it used the same dark ink as the oval mark in your photos.  This upright wing mark is seldom found on Magnolia dinnerware because the oval-shaped mark and the Magnolia pattern was introduced at about the same time in the late 1940s.  The oval mark was used until 1950, when the familiar pinkish-red wing took over.  This mark was used until 1958. 

Knowing when the various ink stamp marks were applied can help date your dinnerware.   You pieces with the dark oval mark were made in the late 1940s; the ones with the pinkish wing were made in 1950 or later.  The mark has little or no effect on the value of a piece.  That said, Red Wing sometimes made other production changes that could affect value.  For instance, Magnolia dinner plates made in the late 1940s (with the dark oval stamp) are usually much thicker and heavier than dinner plates made later in the 1950s.  In this case a collector may have a preference for one type of plate over the other, but the value to the collector has nothing to do with the ink stamp mark.


5 gallon Salt Glaze jug


In the attached photos is a jug my grandfather obtained in south western Wisconsin in the 1950s.  There is a stamped letter “D” below the handle. Any information you care to share would be appreciated.



The jug is a fine example of a very old salt glazed beehive jug.  There is not much cobalt decoration which collectors desire.  It could be Red Wing, but the letter D stamped below the handle is not something Red Wing did.  In today’s market I would put the value at $500 to $550.  The jug was probably made somewhere in the midwest. Jeff