History of the Home Canning Jar and Collecting Antique Mason, Ball and Kerr Jars

The company started making mason jars back in , and many people today still use these for canning, or collect the jars as a hobby. There are many ways to date old Ball mason jars, and one of the easiest is to look at the logo. Along with the logo, you can sometimes use the color, size, and other distinguishing marks to help date a mason jar. This is one of the earliest logos used by Ball, back when the company was known as the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company. Because the jars were made in Buffalo, New York, these are called Buffalo jars today. Buffalo jars are rare and old.

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Not that kind of date. Instead, I mean how do you tell how old your Ball jar is? One of the most common emails I receive comes with a description of a jar—e. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can use to determine an approximate age for your jar. First check the logo, which changed fairly frequently until about Rejoice if you find one of those; Buffalo jars are pretty rare.

Dating an old Ball jar can be more difficult than How to date a vintage ball jar, including a chart with the different markings that Ball used in manufacturing their early canning jars. Hymns and Verses.

It has come to my attention that some oddly colored Nov 30th type jars shades of red and yellow, probably other colors exist have recently surfaced for sale on auction sites. They have the base mold number: They were likely recent imports from Asia!!! If anyone has further info on this type of jar, or knows of other mold numbers that ID fakes, please contact me!

These are also recently-made imports from Asia. His improvement revolutionized home canning in the United States. There is no absolute proof of that, however. Another firm which was producing the jars early on was the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company, perhaps making them as early as or Questions remain on exactly which companies made these jars during the early years, since the patent evidently lasted 13 years or 20 years, counting a patent reissue , and ostensibly during that time period no one was allowed to produce the jars because of patent infringement issues unless they were granted permission by Mason, or the licensed holder of the patent.

In any case, throughout the next odd years, production of jars with the Nov. The s and s likely saw the peak of popularity of these jars. A considerable percentage have a mold number or letter on the base, a means of identifying the particular mold in use at the factory. Contrary to a popular misconception, these jars were not made in wooden molds, but in metal molds, usually made of cast iron or steel.

MASON’S PATENT NOV 30TH 1858 Fruit Jars – Summary

Ball Bros was based in Muncie, Indiana. Glass jars with this embossed marking probably constitute the most popular jar for home canning ever produced in the United States. Hundreds of millions probably upwards of a billion or more! Hundreds of slight variations in shape, size, lettering font, glass color, base markings, etc. Typically, they were made in half pint, pint, quart, and half-gallon sizes.

Dating Old Ball Canning Jars. There are no dates of manufacture on canning jars, any dates on them refer to patents which are unrelated. But, you can check .

Co of New Jersey Patented July 16 The familiar term Mason Jar came after its inventor, Mr. Mason, who, at age 26, was a tinsmith in New York City. He perfected a machine that could cut threads into lids, which ushered in the ability of manufacturing a jar with a reusable, screw-on, lid. These jars freed farm families from having to rely on pickle barrels, root cellars, and smoke houses to get through the winter. For urban families, Mason Jars allowed excess fruits and vegetables to be preserved for use later.

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The logo will tell you how to date Ball mason jars. Since , Ball has created eight logo variations associated to certain time periods. Though you will not be able to tell the exact year it was made, you will be able to get a good approximation.

By Marye Audet If you can your own fruits and vegetables, you might be surprised to find that the value of old canning jars is often significant. If you are using the ones your grandmother left you, that jar of spiced peaches might be worth more than you think. Collecting canning jars got its start in the s with a renewed interest in canning and other domestic arts. Why It’s Sometimes Called a Mason Jar While canning jars have been around for a long time, it wasn’t until that the screw-on lid was created.

Prior to that time, flat tin lids were attached to the jars with wax rings. John Mason was a tinsmith in New York and perfected a machine that would cut threads into the lids, creating a jar with a reusable, screw-on lid. This process was easier and more reliable than the tin lid and wax method. Although other companies began creating the jars, Mason held the patent, and so the style of jar became known as a Mason jar. Embossing Thousands of canning jars were embossed with the Mason patent date, November 30, Jars actually were embossed with this for over 50 years so the embossing in itself should not be the sole criteria for determining date and value.

An embossed design that is unusual or unique will fetch more than the embossing on a jar.

Could Your Old Mason Jars Be Valuable? Check For These Tell-Tale Signs

This can be because The Ditz didn’t understand the statement , or can just be a simple gag. Often considered one of those “old-fashioned” forms of comedy, so its use nowadays rarely does little more than “produce some smiles. Occasionally this action can be performed literally but without much fanfare, implying what’s going on. Can often be combined with a Literal Genie.

Ctv news – ball jars back in ; give further clues to date of old ball heritage collection pint, one side. Refer to help date of 54 – saskatoon and ball wide mouth pint, june 26, on mason’s idea.

Sometimes even the experts get fooled, but with a little practice and knowledge most collectors can protect themselves from a foolish investment in a bad piece of glass. Over the next few months on this website, I will publish a series of articles highlighting bottles which are often confused with old bottles. This month, I will focus on Wheaton bottles as these are among the most common reproductions still on the market. Among the attractions is the Museum of American Glass which chronicles the history of American glassmaking from the early days as it was in Jamestown Virginia to the contemporary art glass movement.

Visitors can see more than 7, objects in one of the nation’s largest collections. On display are Mason jars, paperweights, Tiffany masterpieces, and thousands of other glass objects which illustrate the history of glass blowing in this country. Wheaton Glass Factory, is another of the popular attractions. In the s large numbers of reproduction bottles were produced there.

These were never intended to fool anyone and are marked on the base with the words Wheaton Village below is a list of the products often seen for sale at flea markets, antique show, shops and yard sales:

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I seem to always need jars. They had come to my in-laws by way of an aunt who used to do a lot of canning. Apparently a long time ago.

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