196 Vase in Nokomis


I checked earlier Ask the Experts questions, but the only information regarding this vase is for one in a Crystalized glaze.  I’m just curious what a vase like this would be worth.  I know it is Nokomis style. I just love the shape and colors of this glaze.


It’s Nokomis glaze, shape #196, $300.00 or so would be a fair price in perfect condition.  Nokomis is a glaze that can influence the price of a piece, thanks for the question! thanks, steve n rose

Potters Excursion jug, churn, crocks, and cooler


1.This one is a jug in pretty good condition
2.this is a butter churn I’m guessing
3.  A 3 has some chips and what not.
4. A water jug with both handles.
5. A 2 ,5,10 that have been used for storage apparently. But in pretty good condition.
My parents have a huge red ring crock collection. Im cleaning out there house because they became a little bit hoardery in recent years. And my mom moved away to the west coast.
They have a huge redwing crock collection. And I’m just wondering the value of a selected few.

I also have some really big ones. And some lids. But these are the ones I that interested me in value.
Happy holidays,



Elizabeth, the first photo of the Red Wing Potters Excursion jug is the big dog.  Extremely hard to find.  Value in mint condition $7,000 to $8,500 or so.  The 5 gallon butter churn with large wing and lid.  $200 to $250.  The 3 gallon salt glazed crock with single P decoration with rim chips,  $120 to $130.  The small wing Red Wing Potteries water cooler in perfect condition.  Around $300. 2 gallon Red Wing crock  $60, 4 gallon Red Wing crock with small wing $60 to $70 & 10 gallon 4 inch winged crock $100 or so.  Hope this was helpful.  Al Kohlman

Bob White hors d’oeuvre bird (toothpick holder) size


Hello , I am looking at buying a bob white red wing toothpick holder on line, there seems to be plenty available, but I noticed some sellers say it’s 9 inches tall and. Others say it is 8&a quarter inches tall, the shorter ones have a hard to read red wing on the bottom while the  9 inch is clear and easy to read. Could the shorter be a knock off? Can you tell me the correct height of the bob white tooth pick holder? Thank you !


To my knowledge the Bob White hors d’oeuvre bird (toothpick holder) is not being reproduced. As the writer notes, there are plenty of original Red Wing holders available, thus there would be no great profit in reproducing new copies to sell.

The differences in the stated heights of various hors d’oeuvre birds could be due to several factors.  Irregularly shaped items like this are difficult to measure.  It’s not as easy as measuring the diameter of a plate or some other symmetrical object.  One person may take a measurement at a slightly different point than another or use a different method to obtain a measurement.

The mold used to form the bird is another factor.  All Bob White birds were not formed by the same mold; many different molds were used over the years of production.  There could be slight differences in size from mold to mold.  It’s also possible Red Wing intentionally altered the size slightly at some point.  I don’t know that to be true for this piece but during the Gypsy Trail years it was quite common.  The mold also accounts for the sharpness of the RED WING USA markings on the bottom.  The first bird made from a new mold will have sharp, clear markings.  The markings on the 100th bird made from that same mold will not be so sharp and clear because the mold gets worn down a bit with each use.  And it’s not only the markings that become less sharp. Other features of the item shaped by the mold become less distinct with each use.  Pieces formed by an old worn mold will have less value to today’s collectors than one with sharp, clear markings and features.

Variations in kiln firings are another potential source for slight variations in size.  A firing that went a little too long or was done at a higher temperature may result in a slightly smaller bird.

If the birds in question have the correct Bob White colors, they are almost certainly genuine Red Wing products.  It is very difficult for those in the reproduction business to exactly match the glaze colors used decades ago.

There is one caveat to consider.  When Red Wing Potteries went out of business in 1967, the company’s mold were sold to the public with no attempt to obliterate the RED WING markings in the molds. Many of these molds went to art schools and hobby shop potters.  Non-Red Wing items formed by genuine Red Wing molds frequently turn up for sale but usually they are quite easy to tell from the authentic Red Wing

product because the potter made no attempt to mimic the original.  Colors and decoration are not the same. Weight is another consideration; amateur pieces are usually heavier or lighter than the original due to the clay used to make the piece.  Amateur potters and art school students usually mark the piece with their name or initials and the year of production scratched into the wet clay.


Rumrill glaze, 302

Question: What can you tell me about this vase. It a beauty. It is marked Red Wing and 302. Good shape


Answer: Rumrill glaze, around 1938.  value about 45.00 or so.  thanks, steve n rose

Brushed ware shape 123

Question: What can you tell me about the age and value of this pot that came from a family member.

Answer: shape 123, brushedware, from around 1930.  value is about 90.00 or so.  thanks, steve n rose

Removing paint from dinnerware


I am hoping you might  direct me to someone who can tell me the best way to remove a snow scene painted on my rust colored pitcher.  I would like to restore it to its original color but do not want to damage the glaze.  I do not know what kind of paint was used.  It does not appear to be oil but could be acrylic.  The entire pitcher, inside and out has been covered with greyish blue, matte finish paint.  There is one spec of the original color on the bottom.  It appears it may have been dipped for the background  color and then the snow scene was painted on top.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and I thank you very much for your time.


Sorry but I don’t have a sure answer to this question as I have no experience with removing a large area of paint from dinnerware.  Especially when the type of paint involved is unknown.

Here is what I would do if this were my pitcher and I was certain that I wanted to remove the painted scene, knowing it might look worse afterwards if my efforts are not successful.  First, run hot water over the pitcher to see if the paint happens to be water soluble.  If the water has some effect on the paint, soak the pitcher for a while to soften it.  Gentle scrubbing with a non-metallic kitchen scrub pad may help.  If that doesn’t work, try using a razor tool to remove the paint. Be sure to use a new razor, not a previously used razor that might have nicks in the blade.  Careful, gentle but firm scraping should remove paint but until you try it’s impossible to gauge how successful this will be.  A lot depends on the type of paint involved.

Hopefully the paint is now gone and no further steps are needed.  I’ve used water and razor to successfully remove paint splatters from dinnerware, but not large areas like this painted scene.  If paint still remains, my next step would be to try a solvent of some kind.  I’d try adhesive remover, paint thinner, and nail polish remover in that order.  If the glaze on the pitcher is intact then these solvents won’t harm it.  Again, I’ve used these solvents on small spots but not on large areas.

I’m not sure what to do if paint remains after the above steps have been tried.  Harsh chemicals or more intense scraping may harm or dull the glaze.  I’d probably try paint or furniture stripper as a last resort but I have no experience with using them on dinnerware.  Do not rub the pitcher with metallic pads (steel wool, Brillo pad, Chore Girl, etc) as they will leave metallic marks on the glaze.

Scraping of any kind will be difficult for the area inside the pitcher.  If water or a solvent has no effect on this paint, consider leaving the pitcher as is with the painted scene intact.

Good luck!


Mulberry Floor Vase


I would like to know if this urn has any value. We think it is over 60 years old.It is marked Red Wing Union Stoneware Co. Red Wing, Minn.  this is in blue ink on the bottom in a circle.
The vase stands at 24″. It was in my husbands Grandparents home when he was a child. We are

interested in any info we can get on it.

Thank you,



Answer: These date to the 1930’s.  Nice mulberry glaze, value 1000.00+  thanks Steve n rose

5 gallon Red Wing beehive jug


I’ve had this Red Wing Beehive 5 Gal Jug for a few years now.  I was told when I had bought it that it was in Frank McCormick’s private collection until he passed, and then remained in his family until I acquired it.  I was able to find one of his signatures on a Gophers baseball card that had been authenticated, and it matches the signature that is on the tag on the jug. It appears to be in perfect condition, no cracks or chips anywhere, it appears to be in new / mint condition.  There is no makers mark either on the front or bottom. As I understand it was produced between 1895 and 1917?  I’m trying to figure a value on the piece, my best estimate is between $300 and $500, but I am wondering if the provenance of it being owned by Frank McCormick adds any value??

About Frank McCormick





Nick, the value on this 5 gallon Red Wing beehive jug is between $300 & $350.   It would have a higher value if it had an oval..   As far as  Frank McCormick’s  goes, a collector would not pay a higher value just for the fact it was in his collection.  If he had signed the piece before it was glazed, then that would be a different story.   Plus you would have to have everything authenticated, which it is not.    Hope this helps.   Al Kohlman

Cleaning grease stains


I came across your informative article on cleaning dinnerware,etc.
I have a Redwing Chef Pierre cookie jar that looks like it may have had grease stored in the bottom—so there is browning.
Do you think the 40% peroxide would work on this? What about the hot water in a dishwasher?
Any advice appreciated!


The greasy stains at the bottom of the Chef cookie jar are most likely the result of being used for its intended purpose, storing cookies.  Cookies contain oils and fats, and the glaze on these jars were often susceptible to penetration by grease from the cookies.  Such stains are very common.

I doubt that hot water or a run through a dishwasher would be of much help in removing these stains.  Water and oil don’t mix, so water won’t displace the grease that is present under the glaze.  While I have not used hydrogen peroxide to clean a Chef cookie jar, I have used it to successfully clean other stained Red Wing items made in same era with similar glazes. No guarantees of course, but I am confident the cleaning process described in my article will improve the appearance of your jar.  Good luck!

4 gallon beehive salt glaze jug


Attached are photos of a jug Wanted to know if you thing its a Red Wing if it may be, with a hairline in the front, what may it be worth? thank you, Joe


Answer: Joe, this is one of those designs that is not seen on many Red Wing pieces.  However, there is a Red Wing 12 gallon crock that is signed & an unsigned 4 gallon beehive with this very decoration.  Also, the back of the handle looks to be Red Wing.
With all this being said, a value between $800 to $1000 is possible.  Al Kohlman