2 gallon salt glaze with a target



Attached are photos of a crock that I recently bought at a sale. It’s a 2 gallon salt glaze with a target. There is a hairline that’s about 3/4” long and what I believe is a turkey dropping near the rim. It is bottom marked. Can you tell me the age, value and what it was probably used for in it’s day. Also, could you explain the difference between a target and a bee sting?

Thank you,



Linda, your bottom marked Minnesota Stoneware Company 2 gallon salt glazed target marked crock was produced sometime between 1883 & 1895.  With the hairline on the side, the value is between $75 to $100 at best.  Al Kohlman

Brushed ware planter, gloss glaze


This planter was found in a barn can you tell me more about its age and value?


Nice brushedware planter, looks like in the gloss glaze.  Circa 1930, value around 90.00 or so.  Thanks, Steve n rose

Minnesota bottom signed bail handle bowl and Bean Pot with ND advertising


I have long had an interest in Red Wing crockery and have been getting my hubby hooked on my hobby as well…

Many years ago I found this bean pot with an advertisement from my hometown. I am just curious if this you could tell me a possible value and whether this one is fairly rare, as I have only seen one other in my lifetime.  Near perfect condition. No lid.

Recently my mom found the stoneware bowl and my hubby and I have searched the internet for more information on it to no avail. Any history and value on this item would be appreciated.  It is 12″ across the top and 6″ across the bottom. The handle is wire with wood handle. No cracks, lines or chips.

Thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge for us all!

Dave and Lori



Lori Ann, The  Minnesota bottom signed bailed handle bowl is a beauty.  Value on it is between $70 & $80.  The ND adv Red Wing bean pot without the lid $75 to $85.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Red Wing water cooler


What can you tell me about the value and age of my water cooler? Thank you Delphine


Delphine, nice 5 gallon Red Wing water cooler.  Without the lid or the original spigot, I would place a value of $300 to $350 on your cooler.  Al Kohlman

Minnesota Centennial Trivet, bisque


I have a question about an unglazed MN Centennial trivet.  I would like to know what the story might be behind it not being glazed.  Please let me know what you can find out from the tremendous resources of our experts


Trivet Collector response

$45 with stains to $60 without;  uncommon, but not rare.  Regular trivets except in red go for $25 to $40 at auction.  Any chips drops the price 60%.

When we did the trivet as a Special Commemorative, I was told by a former factory worker they did many in bisque for the Red Wing store which allowed people to glaze them as they saw fit (for the schools?).  Of the 500 molds I’ve seen from the 1960s, I have not seen this mold in existence.    The two I have weigh correctly, so I believe the story I heard.  So, looking at the picture, I believe it is the real deal.  Don’t you love the ore boat in the center!


Saffron ware cookie jar


I have been trying to find info out about this piece, but can’t find anything, or am not looking for the right thing. My dad had this and thought it was his grandma’s or great grandma’s. On the bottom is is stamped in blue Red Wing Saffron Ware. It stands about 7 1/4″ high. It is in excellent shape. There are no chips or cracks. It is a yellow/gold color with 3 cobalt blue stripes around the middle. I am assuming that it is pretty old.

Thank you for your time! Any info would be greatly appreciated.



Judy, you have a Red Wing Saffron cookie jar.  I don’ know if it has a lid, but comes with one.  The value is somewhat low.  Maybe $40 to $50 or so with the lid.   Al Kohlman

Hazel Extra Creamery Butter Crock



Can you please tell me the value of my Hazel Extra Creamery Butter Crock?

Thank you,



Carol, your signed Red Wing Hazel Extra Creamery Butter Crock if in perfect condition today has a value between $250 & $300.  I do see a small chip in the back of the butter crock on the rim.  So that value would be around $250 as collectors today are looking for perfect pieces.  Al Kohlman

Music Hall Bath House Co. Salt Sulphur Water, Excelsior Springs bail jug


This is a Music Hall Bath House Co. Salt Sulphur Water, Excelsior Springs, Mo. 1 gallon jug. I was told by the producer of the red wing price guide that this size was not made, only 5 gallon, until he saw it.  I can provide all history of where and when this jug was found. Any info and value would be appreciated. It is bottom marked Red Wing Stoneware Company.

Thanks, David


Answer: This is a wonderful Red Wing advertising bail jug and bottom signed to boot.  In perfect condition, $700 to $800 on the hard to find advertising.  Al Kohlman

3 gal salt, 2 & 5 gallon wing, & 4 gal birch

Question: I have these 4 Red Wing crocks that I was wondering on how much they are and style.
2 gal large wings and seal
3 gal salt glaze, good condition
4 gal Elephant ears with cracks
5 gal small wings and seal

Thank you


Answer: Mike, the 3 gallon salt glazed leaf $250 to $275,  the 2 gallon wing crock $60 to $70,  4 gallon birch leaf cracked  $20,  5 gallon small wing, $80 or so.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Red Wing Ball locking jar


I have enclosed a couple of pictures of a ball lock jar I have.  I think it’s more recent because of the small wing, but my question is about the mouth.  Did the small wing jars have a smaller mouth/lid than the large wing jars?  Mine measure 4 3/8” across the outside of the mouth.  Is there somewhere I can get a replacement lid?


Todd M.


Todd, your 5 gallon Red Wing Ball locking jar has about the right size opening.  With the potteries oval and small wing, your ball locking jar was produced between 1936 & 1947.  I do not know of a replacement lid, but with a little luck, you can find an original ball locking lid either on eBay, flea markets or of course the July Red Wing Convention in Red Wing, MN.  Have fun on the hunt!   Al Kohlman