Vintage Red Wing Cookie Jars

red wing cookie jars Friar Tuckred wing cookie jars Dancing PeasantsRed Wing Stoneware Co. began in the mid 1860s in Red Wing, Minnesota. Using natural clay deposits, the company began by producing clay crocks, jugs, bowl and pots. The company had a robust beginning and by the early 1900s Red Wing Stoneware Co. was the largest pottery company in the United States.

Market conditions and stiff competition forced the company to abandon its old handcrafted pottery production in favor of a more uniform industrialized assembly line production process in the early 1900's. With the new modernized facilities came a name change to Red Wing Potteries. It was at this time that they began applying the, now famous, red wing mark on all of the pottery they produced.

After WWII the US economy shifted from agrarian to urban. With the advent of widespread refrigeration, stoneware products had been rendered obsolete. Red Wing adjusted to this emerging market condition by shifting its production focus to dinnerware, vases, cookie jars, statuary, and other items for the home. In 1947 the company ceased production of stoneware altogether.

Red Wing Potteries continued to thrive in the US through the 1950s until foreign manufacturers, with cheaper labor, began to seriously compete in the american marketplace. The company was forced to shut down its large production factory after a bitter strike in 1967. However they managed to remained in business primarily as a retail pottery salesroom. In 1996 the Red Wing Pottery manufacturing facilities were reopened by Scott Gillmer, the family heir. It continues today, and has found a degree success by going back to its early roots of handcrafted skilled artisans.

Identifying Vintage
Red Wing Cookie Jars

You can usually identify
Red Wing cookie jars by famous Red Wing Logo fired into the glaze on the bottom of the jar, however, some jars, particularly the fruit style, just had the name Red Wing incised into the bottom of the jar. To farther complicate identification for collectors of Red Wing cookie jars, they also produced some jars with paper labels which are most likely are long since gone. On top of that a few jars where shipped with no markings at all.

Red Wing Cookie Jars Prices

As is true of all collectibles the "law of supply and demand" controls prices, and
Red Wing cookie jars are no exception. Some of the more common jars, such as "Dancing Peasants" can readily be found for under $60, while the harder to find jars like "King of Tarts" have been known to command prices in the $500 to $700 price range.

One of the easiest ways to get an idea of the value of a particular jar, or to find out how much yours may be worth, is to see if any others like it have sold recently on eBay. And if so at what price? Do this by going to eBay Here, and clicking on the 'advanced search' button at the top of the menu bar. This will bring you to a more detailed search screen. Enter your cookie jar description and manufacturer, such as "Red Wing Chef Cookie Jar" then check the 'completed listings only' box and hit enter. This will bring up a list of all jars that fit your description sold on eBay during the last month with the prices they sold for. (PLEASE NOTE: You must be a logged in member of eBay to use this feature. If you are not a member, sign up is FREE and you can do it here.)

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It is important to note that the following cookie jars are auction listings, over which this site has no control with respect to their vintage authenticity. Collectors should take the precautions outlined in "Fakes and Counterfeits" prior to bidding on any vintage cookie jar over $100.

Red Wing Pierre the Chef Cookie Jar (late 1940's)

Red Wing Pierre the Chef Cookie Jar (late 1940's)

Price: $25.00 (0 Bids)
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Vintage Red Wing Pottery Saffron Ware Cookie Jar Canister j8

Vintage Red Wing Pottery Saffron Ware Cookie Jar   Canister                  j8

Price: $119.99 (0 Bids)
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Vintage Red Wing Katrina the Dutch Girl Cookie Jar

Vintage Red Wing Katrina the Dutch Girl Cookie Jar

Price: $59.00 (0 Bids)
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Price: $12.00 (0 Bids)
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Vintage Red Wing Pottery - Chef Pierre Cookie Jar - Yellow

Vintage Red Wing Pottery - Chef Pierre Cookie Jar - Yellow

Price: $18.95 (0 Bids)
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