This site has a ton of information on glass and jar identification and markings. For the next 100 years, with only some minor tweaks, mason jars were an integral part of food preservation. The jar is a large pear shaped pretty jar. Observe the finish of the jar. There were other canning jars …one has no manufacturer name on it but looks like a grid with a smooth place meant for a label.
In the 1800's there were hundreds of different brands throughout the world selling essentially what we have come to call Mason jars. Two-piece metal closures with jar rubbers--a rubber gasket to help sealing--appeared in 1934. If you have an old jar you want to sell, I suggestion you check on ebay to see what similar jars are selling for. Phillip Woolgar has been a reporter since 2008 in communities throughout western Canada. When I returned home and began cleaning it I noticed it had a picture of a black gentleman, mouth open wide, eating what I later found out to be an oyster.
Standard jars, made from 1895 to 1912, featured a mouth groove that held a metal lid, which was then secured with sealing wax. Wire bail jars started going into production in the 1880s, and the tech was predominantly used with beer and liquor bottles. I have searched on line and have not been successful. So if someone does know the original source, please reply in the comments so I can relink. The S in mason is ghosted along with the 8 in 1858, three L with a long tale with lots of bubbles and swirels in the glass. If it was made like this does it make it a valuable jar? The more esoteric closures were quickly abandoned, and thus can fetch high prices in today's antique market. Skip jars marked Atlas Mason which are likely produced by a new Atlas company and not of value to collectors.
Several limited-edition special runs have been made, starting with the bicentennial in 1976. It has a metal wire wrap around the neck with a handle on the top. It has a thin seam down 2 sides and small circles and a 1 or a small line in the center of the bottom. I have looked at your description of how Ball was written and I have one that is 1910-1923 and two are 1923-1933. These Ball jars are very sentimental to me and my brother my little sister notsomuch lol. New York: Necomen Society in North America.
Beware of very strong colors which may indicate a reproduction or irradiated glass. Based in central Florida, Dawn Rivera began writing professionally in the 1970s. I also have some 2qt Ball jars with circles on the bottom and a it y circle with an A off set. This proved to be a difficult task especially when resealing the jars because lids cannot be reused. Decided to search about my Reliance Coffee jars and found, among the images for coffee jars, Old Judge Coffee jar with checkered pattern on 3 sides and a short bar of checkering above and below blank area on side 4. Sold as is here is another amqzing pint jar to add to your collection. An improper or failed seal or microbial growth will cause the dome to pop upward.
While it is okay to use them for storage or even as a refrigerator container, you should never process old jars in a canner. The closure on Buffalo jars consisted of a glass lid and zinc band. Of course the 1792 is not a Ball. Since they were made in such quantity and used for such long periods, many of them have survived to the present day. Smooth lip shoulder seal in unlisted Ball Blue Color. I just like to collect them for fun. Corporation, based in , retains the license to use the Ball and Kerr registered trademarks on home-canning products as a part of its branded consumables business.
The passion that truly drives a Ball jar collector on is that around any corner is the possibility of a new discovery, a totally different and unknown variation, a possible piece of the puzzle solved, or a really crude masterpiece. In , Bernardin, which is another division of Jarden, is the most common brand; Golden Harvest is also available. It usually had a milk-glass liner, but some of the earliest lids may have had transparent glass liners. Is this an error or rare? Mason jars are also called Ball jars, in reference to the , an early and prolific manufacturer of glass canning jars; fruit jars for a common content; and glass canning jars a generic term reflecting their material and purpose. With plenty of reproductions and just plain fakes on the market, collectors must pay attention to the details to get the best picks. I just love to collect them. Thanks, Jeff I have about twenty of my Great-grandmother, and my grandmothers Mason jars, so far, as I have checked; they are in the 1910-1923 years.
My question is how much is my misprinted Ball jar worth also it has a 5 underscored on base. Around the same time as Mason, other countries around the world had their versions, such as Kilner and Norway. Inspect the glass in good light to find scratches, cracks or fractures. I have one in the 1910-1923 range too Teresa! Other brands such as Orchard Road and generic Mason jars are mostly made in Asia. Explain to me about the blue color vs clear and also the ones with wire closures vs screw tops. Grandma gave the jar to me a number of years ago. I dont know whether to save or sell.
I bel eave my jar is a misprint. But, what I have truly gained over the years besides the wonderful jars in my collection is something far more intrinsically valuable, namely the many great people who befriended me, taught me, reasoned, bantered with me, traded with me, sold jars to me, and shared their lives. Workers would have hand-tooled the lip into shape after the lower part of the jar was blown into the mold. Even after the war, mason jars were still being used but this time, for canning and preserving fruits, which became a big fad in the 1950s. A band is screwed loosely over the lid, allowing air and steam to escape.