Drum Corp Advertising mug


I have a RW mug (10 oz ) made to mark a dinner held by the Red Wing drum and bugle corp.In the usual blue block lettering it is printed : BIGGER AND BETTER DRUM AND BUGLE CORP BANQUET OCTOBER 24 1929 .Any thoughts as to value ? Thanks. Jeff


Jeff, this is a nice Red Wing advertising mug.  In today’s values, $325 to $375 if in perfect condition.  Love the date and from Red Wing to boot! Al Kohlman

Vi Malquist, Charter Member 144 dies

Violet Louise Malmquist, 92, of Red Wing, died Tuesday, April 28, at Seminary Home in Red Wing
Published by the Red Wing Republican Eagle

She was born on Oct. 21, 1922, to Albert and Maud (Kells) Deden in Red Wing. She graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1941.

Vi married her high school sweetheart, Royce Malmquist, in Red Wing on May 1, 1942. Following his service during World War II, the two settled down to build a business and start a much longed-for family in Red Wing. Vi helped with the bookkeeping for the family business, Malmquist Home Furnishings, and assisted customers with the interior design of their homes.

A charter member of the Red Wing Collectors Society, she and friends opened River Peddler Antiques in the St. James Hotel in Red Wing in 1981. Collecting Red Wing Pottery and antiques was a pastime she and Royce both enjoyed. Together they took trips around the world. After his retirement, they purchased a condo in Mesa, Ariz., and spent time there every winter for the next 15 years.

Vi liked to play golf and bridge with her many friends. Shopping, eating out and Sunday drives with Royce were her some of her favorite pleasures. Although German and English by ancestry, Vi favored the customs of her Swedish husband. Blue and yellow were her colors. Decorating and entertaining for the Christmas holidays were annual highlights.

Vi was a compassionate caregiver, and loving mother and grandmother. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Red Wing Women’s Study Club, the Red Wing Country Club, the Southwest Red Wingers, the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc.

Survivors include her son, Craig (Sandra) Malmquist of Red Wing; daughter, Nancy (Mark) Swanson of Red Wing; six grandchildren, Erika (Kyle) Rabine, Elise Malmquist, Ian (Kingkane) Malmquist, Evan Malmquist, Sara (Jay) Underhill and Sam Swanson; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Mona) Deden of Centennial, Colo.; nieces and a nephew.

Her husband, Royce preceded her in death on June 24, 2007.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing, with Reverend Jack Nordgaard officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church or Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc.

Funeral arrangements are through Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.


RED WING, MN. – Held in February, the Red Wing Collectors Society’s (RWCS) Annual MidWinter GetTogether saw a 24 percent jump in attendance over last year’s event and its highest attendance since 2010.


“We were really pleased with the turnout, especially considering this is the first time the event was held in a new location after being in Des Moines for the past 14 years,” says RWCS President Larry Birks. “We also saw many new faces at the event, which is great news for our club.”

Held Feb. 6-8 at the Olympia Resort & Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wis., about 325 Red Wing collectors attended from across the country to buy, sell, learn and network with fellow pottery and stoneware collectors. Highlights of the event included collectors selling out of their hotel rooms, educational presentations, a formal Show & Sale and a “Friday Night Lights” reception where attendees dressed in their favorite professional, college or high school football team’s apparel.


A major focus of the event, educational sessions included keynote presentations on RWCS technology by RWCS Vice President Paul Wichert and creating an endowment fund for the Pottery Museum of Red Wing by RWCS Member Stan Lueck. RWCS Historian Nancy Lambert discussed the process she went through when a creating a book about the advertising stoneware Red Wing made for businesses located in Kansas and Missouri.

Longtime MidWinter speakers and RWCS Hall of Fame members Steve Showers and Dennis Nygaard presented their findings from digging in Red Wing’s pottery dumps last year. Dinnerware experts Larry Roschen and Terry Moe, who are also RWCS Hall of Fame members, discussed Red Wing dinnerware. Mark Wiseman spoke about the Iowa potteries that operated in Des Moines, Boone and Warren counties. In addition, new RWCS KidsView education program chairperson Linda Wipperling hosted activities that informed younger collectors about the different pieces Red Wing made for professional and college sports teams, such as the Little Brown Jug trophy that is awarded to the winner of every Minnesota/Michigan college football game.


In addition, Houghton Auction Service held an auction during the event on Saturday, Feb. 7. The proceeds of more than $10,000 benefited the new Pottery Museum of Red Wing, which opened in Red Wing, MN last summer. It boasts the largest collection of Red Wing pottery and stoneware on public display in existence and is a perfect summer destination, whether you’re visiting the city of Red Wing on your own or as part of a large group. Visit www.potterymuseumredwing.org for more information about the museum.


The RWCS is devoted to those who collect a diverse line of crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880s to 1960s. The MidWinter GetTogether was a precursor to the RWCS National Convention slated for July 9-11 in Red Wing. These two events serve as great opportunities for members to connect, renew friendships and learn about the history of the potteries that once operated in Red Wing, their diverse production lines and the impact they had on the American pottery industry.


Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $35 and includes six 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in Red Wing in 1977 and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. There are more than 3,300 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at twitter.com/RWpottery.

Photo caption:

Every year, a variety of rare and unexpected treasures show up for sale at the Red Wing Collectors Society’s MidWinter GetTogether. From primitive stoneware made as early as the 1870s to art pottery and dinnerware made from the 1930s to 1960s, these photos show a sampling of the goodies two dealers had for sale at last year’s affair. This year’s event will occur on the weekend of Feb. 6-8 at the Olympia Resort & Conference Center, 1350 Royal Mile Rd. in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Most dealers will start selling from their hotel rooms starting on Thursday, Feb. 5; the official Red Wing Show & Sale will take place in Olympia’s ballroom from 1:00 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.

M 2006, Charles Murphy, hobnail


Here is a unique piece that I obtained recently. I don’t know if it’s considered artware or dinnerware? Would love to learn more about it!

Thanks so much for your time and information, Lisa


Red Wing artware. Designed by Charles Murphy. Called “hobnail”. Came in green, blue, yellow, and o think a few other colors. Has some value, especially if all the hobs are in good shape $30-40ish?

RWCS Auction Manager Changes

Red Wing MN -RWCS Member Bruce Selfridge regretfully informed the RWCS Board of Directors in February that he had to step down from his position as RWCS Auction Manager due to several personal obligations that are consuming his time right now. We’ll miss Bruce’s involvement and we thank him for his dedication to the RWCS. Thankfully he has offered to continue volunteering during the event itself.

A brief search for a replacement yielded Scott Hardman, a member of the Golden State Red Wing Chapter who enthusiastically said he would enjoy taking on the auction manager role provided someone would be able to provide tech support to assist with spreadsheet work, etc. Luke Wegner (husband of RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner) was already helping with the auction and said he’d be happy to work with Scott and handle the computer end of the job.

A retired detective from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office in California, Scott now serves as a private investigator. His love for Red Wing started in high school when he bought a 5 gallon crock with a 6-inch wing and “ski” oval at an antique show. He was only 15 years old! Years later he learned about the RWCS and he and his wife Genise joined in 1996. They have two children – Kristina & Cody. Please welcome Scott as your new RWCS Auction Manager.

The submission process will remain the same only submission forms may now be sent to the RWCS office below. If you have already submitted your form to Bruce Selfridge; he will forward it along to Scott Hardman.

Red Wing Collectors Society – auction submission
240 Harrison St. Unit 3
Red Wing MN 55066

If you are planning to provide a photo of your submission please email those to director@redwingcollectors.org with your name and membership number.

To reach Scott Hardman you can email him at auction@redwingcollectors.org or call 209-602-1461.

30 gal Minnesota double birch, 30 gal Salt Glaze butterfly back stamped


Hello… My husband & I are wanting to know of any history/ information/ value that you may have about these (2) crocks.

The first one is a 30 gallon Minnesota Stoneware crock.  No cracks at all, inside & out!  It has 4 birch leaves on the front with a Minnesota Stoneware Company oval stamp.  Also… it has handles on each side.

The second crock is a 30 gallon salt glazed hand painted cobalt blue butterfly.  It is also in MINT condition (inside & out)!  It is embossed/ stamped on lower back side.  This one also has handles on each side.

Please let us know whatever you can about these pieces!  We are VERY curious!!!  If you need more info from us, please don’t hesitate to ask!!!

We thank you in advance!

Anxiously excited stoneware collectors,

Shonna & Kelly


Shonna & Kelly, you have two very nice and sought after Red Wing pieces pictured here.  The 30 gallon zinc glazed crock with four birch leaves and Minnesota oval was produced by the Minnesota Stoneware Company between 1895 & 1906.  In perfect condition, the value is between $1000 & $1200 or so.  The 30 gallon Red Wing Stoneware back stamped salt glazed butterfly crock was produced between 1887 & 1895.  In perfect condition its value is between $6000 & $6500.  Just outstanding pieces!  Al Kohlman

10 gallon large wing crock


Wondering if you can tell me the years and values of these two Red Wing pieces.  1st is a 10 gallon crock with 2 small chips one by one of the handle holes and a small chip on the back bottom edge, both chips being about the size of a dime. Second is an 8 gallon ice water cooler in very nice shape one small chip on the top rim smaller than a dime and only really missing the white coloring, there is some sort of what looks like latex paint on it that I haven’t tried to remove yet. The coloring of the #8 and lettering is black on this piece not blue.  Also can you tell me where to buy replacement handles for the crock and what type of spout would have been in the ice water cooler and if it is available as a replacement item.

Thank You



Doug, your 10 gallon large wing crock was produced right around 1915 as it has the handles and the six inch wing.  Value would be right around $150.  You can find handles on eBay or at the Red Wing Convention in Red Wing MN in July.   Your 8 gallon Ice Water was produced between 1909 & 1912.  Value today is between $1000 & $1400 or so once you clean it up.  The paint can be easily removed with any paint stripper without harming the cooler.  The best spigot for your Ice Water is the old T-handle brass spigot.  However, they look good with the original Central Spigot with the outside push button.  A good place to find spigots is also during the Red Wing Convention in July or Larry’s Jugs.  Love your cooler!    Al Kohlman

10 gallon six inch Red Wing crock



This crock was originally from my great aunt and uncle. I was curious of the age and value. I looked through your website and couldn’t find anything exactly like it. As you can see in the photos, it doesn’t have handles or an oval. Is it pre 1915 with no handles? It does have a hairline crack.

Thanks so much for your time!



This crock was originally from my great aunt and uncle. I was curious of the age and value. I looked through your website and couldn’t find anything exactly like it. As you can see in the photos, it doesn’t have handles or an oval. Is it pre 1915 with no handles? It does have a hairline crack.

Thanks so much for your time!



Eric, your 10 gallon six inch Red Wing crock was produced between 1909 &1915.  With the hairline crack the value is between $50 & $75.   Hope this helps.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Pottery 1954 Greeting Card/Dish


Good morning Stacy.

I came across this lovely Red Wing dish that served as a greeting card from the Murphys in 1954. It is identified and pictured in Mark Moran’s Red Wing Pottery book (pg. 152) published by Warman’s. It measures 7″ across and has an oval triangular shape, cream colored glaze and depicts a relief modernist Madonna and Child in the center with the raised words GREETINGS FROM THE MURPHYS 1954 around the perimeter. Unsigned with lovely green speckled glaze on bottom. In excellent condition with no cracks or chips. One rough edge above the second G in GREETINGS, an edge spot above the F in FROM and a splotch (either paint or glaze) above the R in MURPHYS. Pics attached.

I’m curious to know its value and whether any RW Collectors may be interested in acquiring it.

With best regards,


Answer:  It has a value of roughly $150 and would be of great interest to Red Wing pottery collectors.

Kashmir platters dinnerware pattern


Hi. I acquired these 2 platters a few years ago and absolutely love them. I have been unable to find much info on them but I do believe I have correctly identified them as the 1964 Kashmir pattern. I would love confirmation and a value if possible.
Also, is it possible to locate more pieces or is this a hard to find pattern? I haven’t had a lot of luck finding many pieces to add to my collection.

The large platter measures 15 1/4″ by 10 3/4″ and unfortunately came to me with the damage you see.

The smaller platter measures 13″ by 9″ and is in excellent condition.

Thank you so much for any help you may be able to offer.



Yes, these platters are from the Kashmir dinnerware pattern.  Kashmir was introduced in 1965 and produced until Red Wing Potteries ended production in 1967.  The pattern is quite popular with collectors, including me.  I started building a set of Kashmir nearly 30 years ago and over time have managed to acquire nearly every piece in the set.  In my opinion it’s a great pattern to collect.  There is enough of it out there that you’ll find a piece you need now and then, but not so common that you’ll see it in every antique shop.  And Kashmir can occasionally be found listed on eBay and other online auctions.

Kashmir platters are worth around $25-40 each in excellent, undamaged condition.  The chip on the larger platter is obvious and will reduce the value significantly, down to the $5-10 range.