This is a nice and solid 6 gallon salt glazed stoneware crock with cobalt blue Bee Sting in the lazy eight target design, made in Minnesota by the Red Wing Stoneware Company around the 1880s. Although it is not marked, I have little doubt that it is in fact a Red Wing crock, although my experience with stoneware does not allow me to claim the status of expert on identifying unmarked pieces, so Im going to say highly likely, but not guaranteed.
It is in excellent condition, or at least very good depending on how harshly you might judge a 130+ year old antique Stoneware crock, but considering it was made with utilitarian purposes in mind, Id say its fared quite nicely. There are no substantial flaws, cracks, or chips, only what I would describe as minor imperfections, many of which are old or I suspect from manufacturing. There is some flaking on the bee sting that is fairly shallow, a small chip on one handle, a smaller chip on the other, and a few others that can be seen in the pictures, but nothing I would describe as damage, more like character or beauty marks.There is a little bit of splitting on the bottom, but it is not a crack, as it does not go through, and it certainly holds water by and passes the knock test! Because condition is so often subjective, I try to bring any potential areas of concern to attention, but overall in great shape, and has obviously been well cared for over the years.
Please view all pictures closely and carefully, zooming in as needed, as they represent a large part of this description. It measures approximately 14 3/4 tall x 12 1/4 in diameter, and is fairly heavy weighing approximately 27 pounds.The item "Antique 1880 Red Wing Stoneware Crock Cobalt Blue Bee Sting Primitive Salt Glaze" is in sale since Sunday, July 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Crocks". The seller is "tjl1_9940" and is located in Concord, New Hampshire.
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