20 gallon butterfly and 20 gallon double leaf


Hi, I was hoping you could appraise these two 20 gallon crocks for me.

The 20 gallon butterfly is back stamped Red Wing Stoneware. It is in excellent condition except for a nearly invisible 6 inch crowsfoot in the back. The butterfly is over 11 inches wide!

The 20 gallon leaf crock is in virtually mint condition and is front stamped with the Minnesota split oval.

Thanks for your help



Andy, your Red Wing 20 gallon butterfly with the tight hairline and back stamped has a value between $1500 & $1800.  Your 20 gallon double leaf that is in mint condition and front stamped with the Minnesota oval has a value right around $3000.   Al Kohlman

True China sign



I have a red wing sign. I was wondering if you could tell me a little more about it and it’s value. Thanks for your time



The item in the photo promoted Red Wing’s True China dinnerware line.  It was intended to be placed in the window or display case of a retail business that sold True China.  The first True China patterns were introduced in 1959.  Some patterns continued to be made until pottery production ceased in 1967.

True China signs were made in a variety of colors including blue, tan, white and beige fleck.  These signs are hard to find today and are popular with collectors.  Value for a True China sign in excellent undamaged condition is $100-125.



To-Kalon Vineyard advertising jug


Dear Red Wing Collectors Society,

I am researching the history of my family’s vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley, California. The winery located on the property, called To-Kalon, produced stoneware jugs pre-prohibition with the label To-Kalon Vineyard for their wine depot in Chicago. A member of your society (Trent Schaffler) alerted me to the Stoneware Companies ledger which is housed in your collections. It would be a valuable addition to my research to now more about the jugs, perhaps what is listed about the order in the ledger or any other information that may exist. Thank you very much for your time.


Answer: Graeme, I am not very familiar with the To-Kalon Vineyard jug as I do not collect advertising from Chicago.  I do have a ledger which I purchased for my own interest.  Do to the size of the ledger and no index, one must page through the entire ledger to locate a piece in order to find out how many were produced.  There may be more that one entry so you must scan the entire ledger in order to have a sound idea of the production numbers.  This one task for a single piece could take two to three hours or even more to fully research this jug.  With this being said, I nor no one that I know of in the Red Wing Society completes this type of research for Ask the Experts.  However, there is some hope.  I believe Larry’s Jugs or the Red Wing Foundation may still have these ledgers for sale.  This may be your best avenue for you to research your family’s Vineyard production numbers, however, I have never seen history information on a piece in this ledger,. just production numbers and the dates they were ordered.

This advertising is not a common one and therefore can demand quite a high value.  If your Red Wing To-Kalon Vineyard jug is in perfect condition, the value would be in the $1000 range.  Just a great piece of Red Wing Advertising!   Al Kohlman

20 gallon salt glazed crock with unique leaf decoration



Hoping you can help me identify this 20 Gal Salt Glazed crock as a Red Wing piece.

I found nothing close to this decoration and don’t know what to call it.

Thank you.


Answer: Bill, your 20 gallon salt glazed crock with the unique decoration is indeed Red Wing. Never seeing a decoration such as this on a large Red Wing salt glazed crock, it becomes somewhat difficult to place a value on it. Those leafs (as I call them), look almost identical to the leaves on the Red Wing salt glaze daisy crocks.  It still baffles me that these unique pieces are still be found today.  So with all this being said, my best judgment on a value is between $6000 & $6500 if in great condition.  It is just a great piece and you should have a grin on your face that even I could not slap off!  Congratulations on this home run!  Al Kohlman

Quartette, the Concord shape



I am trying to determine if the dinnerware I have is from Redwing.  They are solid color (green and brown) and unmarked, however as you can see from the attached side by side pictures they have the same profile as Redwing concord shape (the shape is what leads me to wonder if they are Redwing).  Can you tell me if they are Redwing and If so what is the name of the color and their value. Please note, I am sending two emails because all of the pictures will not fit in a single email

I have:

12 dinner plates (green)

11 dessert plates (brown)

8 saucers (green)

2 platters (brown)

1 serving bowl (green)

1 gravy boat (brown)

Thanks in advance, Rich


Yes, the solid colored pieces were made by Red Wing.  The name of the pattern is Quartette and the shape is Concord, which makes it a sister pattern to the Lotus pieces shown in your photos.

All Quartette pieces were available in four solid colors:  Copper Glow, Ming Green, Chartreuse and Mulberry.  Quartette was introduced in 1951, the same year as the Zinnia and Iris patterns.  Those two patterns share colors with Quartette.  Zinnia accessories were available in Copper Glow or Ming Green while Iris accessories were made in Chartreuse or Mulberry.

Values are similar to most other Concord patterns.  These values assume excellent condition.

Dinner plate:  $15-20

Dessert plate: $5-10

Saucer: $5-10

Platter:  $20-25

Serving bowl: $20-25

Gravy boat: $20-25


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8 gallon North Star salt glazed crock


Is this Red Wing?



Jeremy, your 8 gallon salt glazed crock was produced by the North Star Stoneware Company in Red Wing, Minnesota.  In perfect condition the value would be in the area of $700 to $800.   Al Kohlman

Northern Lights Bowl, Frontenac Pitcher, Village Green Veggie



I have three pieces of Redwing Pottery. The green/brown dish and the pitcher are in perfect condition. The bowl has big along the top. I am interested in the value of these pieces and also where to go to sell them to a collector as I would like someone who has other pieces and would know that they would be appreciated. They were my grandmothers. We had family in Minnesota and she collected them when they would drive up from Milwaukee.

thank you,




Values for the following items assume excellent, undamaged condition.  Chips, flakes, cracks, hairlines, glaze flaws, etc will reduce these values significantly.

Northern Lights 12″ salad bowl:  $50-60

Village Green divided vegetable dish:  $20-25

Frontenac 2 quart pitcher:  $60-75


Previous Questions:

Bowl – Northern Lights
This pattern was actually used on Everybody Loves Raymond in his parents kitchen. This one I don’t have a previous question for; so, I will need to check with Larry on value. Here is a link to other questions to read more about the pattern:

Village Green divided veggie
This pattern was popular for Red Wing and was also reproduced by other potteries as well. Since you have the connection I am sure that your is marked. Here is a link to a previous question:

Pitcher – Frontenac
Like Northern Lights I don’t have a value for the pitcher; but, I can provide you a link to learn more about the pattern.

Pepe butter dish, tea pot, and factory seconds


I have not seen any pricing for covered butter dishes, the coffeepot with lid, nor the teapot with lid.  Both of the latter are in excellent condition. 1 butter dish has a grayish 3/4″ swath on one side of the lid (production error?) and the other has a hairline crack in the lid.
What might the value of these be?

Also a question regarding condition:  if the serving pieces have little cracks in them, do they still have any value? I have the 2.5qt covered casserole with a 3/8″ long crack on the interior lip.   Additionally, it has what I would call “pinprick” discolorations on the inner rim (7) and the underside of the lid (7).  These appear to be places where the glaze didn’t take, which allowed brownish discoloration to occur.  This is also true of the covered bean pot casserole I have. It has 4 pinprick discolorations on the underside of the lid and 7 around the inner rim.  It also has a 1/16″ inch chip on the inner lid.  How much will these impact the value?

I also have a covered gravy boat with attached plate that has a production flaw crack in the lid.  It is a 3/4″ crack that extends from the spoon cutout to the underside of the lid. It is glazed over, so I assume a production flaw. It is not visible from the outside.  How much would this piece be worth?

I wondered if the price range of  $7-15 apiece for the dinner, salad and bread plates is still accurate.
I also have one serving plate (10″) with a metal handle, and another two-tiered plate (7 1/2″ and 6″) with metal joiner and handle.  I understand that these were novelty pieces and not really part of the dinnerware line.  Are they worth anything?
14 beige fleck small bowls (5″) to use with the Pepe dinnerware. I assume they are not worth much, but I thought I’d ask.


As usual, all values assume excellent, undamaged condition unless otherwise noted.  Chips, flakes, cracks, hairlines and glaze flaws will reduce the value significantly, generally by 25 to 75% or more.  The degree of the reduction depends on the visibility and location of the damage as well as the scarcity of the item. A small chip on a common item will reduces the value to almost nothing, while the same damage on a rare piece will have little effect on the value.  It’s impossible to accurately place a value on a damaged piece without viewing it.  Even then, what is minor damage in one collector’s eyes can be major damage in another’s.  Damage assessment is very subjective.

Many of these items are described as having factory flaws.  These flaws will reduce the value as compared to the same item with no flaws.  Most likely these pieces were purchased at the Red Wing Pottery Salesroom as that is where Red Wing sold their “seconds” and surplus stock.

Butter dish with cover:  $30-40 (Glaze flaw and crack reduce the value by at least 50%)

Beverage server with cover (coffee pot):  $50-75

Teapot with cover:  $150-200

All of these pieces have value, but the damage described on them will reduce the value significantly as compared to the same item in excellent condition.  The Pepe casserole is fairly scarce so the hairline would decrease the value by maybe 25%.   Discolorations will reduce values by 50% or more depending on their visibility. The Pepe bean pot with both discoloration and a chip might be worth 75% less than a mint bean pot.

A mint Pepe gravy boat with cover is worth $35-50.  The production flaw as described would reduce the value by around 25%.


Pepe plates are not difficult to find so values haven’t changed much.  An increase of a dollar or two for each end of the range would be appropriate.

The handled and tiered plates are known as tidbit trays.  Tidbit trays were not an official part of any Red Wing dinnerware pattern.  While tidbits are not shown in brochures for dinnerware patterns, they were included in Red Wing gift and novelty brochures.  However, the buyer could not specify a pattern when ordering a tidbit.  That’s because Red Wing used surplus stock to make tidbits, thus would be sent tidbits made from whatever pattern happened to be in oversupply at the time.  Values for Pepe tidbits would be $10-30.

The identity of these bowls is not clear.  They could be bowls in the Casual shape with no decoration that were made for gift and novelty sales.  Or they could be bowls from any pattern that were glazed with beige fleck after the Potteries closed.  Hard to place a value without more detail, but they are probably worth at least $5 each if they are in excellent condition.