Red Wing Stoneware 5&6 gallon zinc glazed lid.


Can you tell me if this is a Red Wing lid?



Robin, your have a Red Wing Stoneware 5&6 gallon zinc glazed lid.  The top of the lid has a salt glaze which came from being on the top of a pile or piece of stoneware just after the salt glazed era.  When the kiln was at its highest firing point, the left over salt glaze which was on the walls & ceiling of the kiln transferred to your lid.  The bar handled lids were never produced during the salt glazing era.  With all this being said, the salt glaze on the top of these zinc glaze lids greatly reduce their values.  In perfect condition the value is around $50. Al Kohlman

6 gallon Red Wing Stoneware Coffee Urn Lining



I’m hoping you can help me identify the stoneware “bell” from the attached photos. We bought it at a yard sale while living in Bismarck, ND so it didn’t travel too far from the factory if it’s Red Wing. Assuming it’s Red Wing in origin.

The “6” is the only marking on the object. It does have what appears to be finger, or glove probably, prints on the inside of the bell where it was lifted or carried before glazing. The area around the “6” is unglazed and rough.

I can’t find anything like it in an exhaustive internet search. I’d appreciate your time in looking at the photos and telling me what you think or know.




Kevin, you have a (or insert).  They came in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 10 gallon sizes.  These would have been used in Hospitals, Restaurants, Colleges or other large types of commercial kitchens.  Value is quite low, $35 to $50.   An now you know.  Al Kohlman

15 gallon elephant ear crock


I picked this crock up at an auction about 50 years ago for $1.50. It has a chip on the top edge and the bottom.Have no idea of the value if I were to sell it. I’d appreciate your help.



Marcelline, the chips on your Red Wing 15 gallon elephant ear crock are extremely minor and will not affect its value.  Value on your today is between $175 & $225.   Nice investment for $1.50!!!!!!!   Al Kohlman

4 gallon salt glaze crocks


Hi. I was wondering if you could tell me if either of these are red wings and the round about value if they are. Thanks Amanda


Amanda, both of your 4 gallon salt glaze crocks are Red Wing.  The 4 gallon lazy 8 with the bottom chip around $100.  The 4 gallon leaf with inside rim flakes $300 or so.  Hope this helps Al Kohlman

5 gallon double handle beehive jug


Please see picture attached of this Union Stoneware Co. 5 Gallon double handled threshers jug.  Could you please share any information you may have regarding the age, scarcity, and approximate value?  I appreciate your knowledge and time.  Thanking you in advance. Cathy

Answer: Cathy, your Red Wing 5 gallon double handle beehive with just the  Union Oval was produced between 1912 to 1917 or so.  With the chip in the lid and the jug in somewhat well used condition, I would think the value would be in the $800 to $1000 range.   Al Kohlman

30 gallon Red Wing Crock


I recently bought this 30 gallon Red Wing Crock that does not have any bale or pressed handles.  The stamp date looks like it says 1881.  The condition is excellent (no cracks at all), but the fit & finish make me wonder if it was hand-crafted rather than casted.  Any idea on the value?  I paid $350.



Answer: Matt, you have the Red Wing Potteries oval. It reads “Red Wing Potteries, Inc. Red Wing Minn”.  That oval was used from 1936 to 1947.  So it is kind of funny to see that oval, yet on handles on the crock (Red Wing began placing handles on their crocks in 1915.   The crocks from 4 gallon to 30 gallon without handles are usually older than those with handles.  With all this being said, you have a newer 30 gallon than one would have thought when first seeing it.  If it is free of all chips, cracks, hairlines the value on these is between $300 &$350.  So you are in the ball park with what you paid for it.  Nice piece.  Al Kohlman


Ardennes casserole, early version


I can not find pattern please help and value. In good condition -Red Wing pottery logo on bottom. Thanks for help


The name of the pattern for your casserole is Ardennes.  The name was used twice by Red Wing, and your casserole is from the early version of Ardennes.


In 1941 Red Wing introduced their first four hand painted dinnerware patterns.  The shape was called Provincial and the patterns were named for the four provinces of France: Orleans, Brittany, Normandy and Ardennes.  Orleans (red rose) and Brittany (yellow rose) were produced unchanged until 1950.  The early version of Normandy was made for only one year and is very difficult to find today.  The early version of Ardennes was made for several years.  We aren’t sure of the discontinuation date but we know it was no longer available by November 1946.

The Ardennes and Normandy patterns were redesigned and reintroduced in 1949. In this version the casserole base was solid colored (Forest Green or Dubonnet), not decorated with the leaf design found on your casserole.

Your early Ardennes casserole with cover would be worth $50-60 if it is in excellent condition.  Any damage, including stains, will reduce the value significantly.


Wax Sealer Lids

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I’m not sure if I have to be a member to receive an answer, but I’m hoping that Mr. Al Kohlman will be kind enough to answer my question.  I did some research this morning to try to find out the type of lid that was originally used to seal a “wax sealed” stoneware canning jar.  I found a jar similar to mine (my jar looks to be 1/2 gallon in size) in your “Ask the Expert” column.  The post is titled “1 gal. bottom signed Minnesota jars,” and is dated March 22, 2014.  The lids that person is using do not look original to the jars, so I read further and found out that a tin lid was used to cover the opening and that wax sealed the lid to the top of the jar.

My dark brown stoneware jar is marked on the bottom “Minnesota Stoneware Co. Redwing Minn.”  I would like to find an original tin lid to put over the jar opening, but I’m not sure who manufactured the lids.  I have stoneware Redwing Mason jars, and they use screw-on lids with milk glass liners.  I found a sample of a tin lid that doesn’t screw on in an Ebay ad and have attached a rather poor picture of it.  I believe the manufacturer is Kerr.  I’m wondering if this is the kind of lid that was originally used on the stoneware canning jars?  I’m hoping that you can let me know.  The information would be much appreciated.


Mary Jo


Mary Jo, you are correct with the lids on the wax sealers.  They were just a flat tin lid that was placed on the canning jar and waxed was poured over them.  Now the Red Wing Stoneware Company did not produce any of the lids that I am aware of.  I am sure the jars were produced to have lids from the hardware stores (such is Kerr & Ball) fit them.  Also, it would be my best guess that those small tin lids for the canning jars came from the hardware store as well.  I think Larry’s jugs may have these lids or if you know what you are looking for, eBay would be another great sourse.  Good luck.  Al Kohlman