Q: We have a Red Wing item marked with the number 25 and “Red Wing, Union Stoneware Co., Red Wing, Minn.” How do we go about finding what it’s worth?
A: Red Wing Pottery was in business in Red Wing, Minnesota, from 1878 to 1967. The company made stoneware jugs, canning jars, and other utilitarian pottery. In 1906, three companies combined to make the Red Wing Union Stoneware Company and began producing flowerpots, vases, and dinnerware. Art pottery was introduced in 1926. The name of the company was changed to Red Wing Potteries in 1936. The company closed in 1967 but a new owner bought the business and opened a retail store, which was in business until 2015. Red Wing Stoneware Company was founded in 1987. It is in business today as Red Wing Stoneware & Pottery and makes stoneware crocks, jugs, mugs, bowls, and other items. The number 25 indicates this is a 25-gallon container. Highest prices are paid for decorated crocks. Yours has only the size. It is probably worth a few hundred dollars if is has no major breaks or chips.