I'm assuming I lucked out on the year of ball jar I kept finding in my vintage pickin trips. Aqua glass is the result of sand which is relatively low in the amount of iron which was not off-set by de-colorizing agents. This type of jar dominated the market by the mid to late 1910s. To learn more about the value of fruit jars I recommend the Red Book of Fruit Jars 9 by Doug Leybourne. However, Ball-brand home canning jars continue to be sold by Alltrista Corporation under a licensing agreement with the company.
Does anyone have an idea on the age or value and what is the best book to buy to determine value. The Ball Brothers seemed to possess all of the talents we associate with successful business people today. Leave a Comment or Ask a Question If you want to identify an item, try posting it in. This article has over 242,373 views, and 93% of readers who voted found it helpful. Jars with unusually bright colors are worth more.
Because mason jar and fruit jar making really didn't take off until after the war, many Civil War era jars are rare and collectible, some going for thousands of dollars. See this jar if you are looking for canning jars! He taught me everything I know about Ball jars, but not everything he knows. While Mason and Ball took great strides in the arena of glass canning jars, Alexander Kerr made canning easier with his introduction of wide-mouth, easy-to-fill, self-sealing canning jars. They quickly became the leaders in the industry. There you'll find all manner of ideas of novel ideas for repurposing Ball Jars, including one page dedicated to 101 different uses. Modern heat-based canning, pioneered by a Frenchman in 1806, was too cumbersome for most home cooks, many of whom relied on cork-and-wax contraptions to seal food, often imperfectly, into vessels whose opaque walls rendered the contents invisible.
Here he discusses the value and legacy of the Mason jar. Machine-made jars dating after about 1915 have mold seams extending from the bottom up to and across the top of the jar. However, home canning experts do not recommend that you use them. Most machines would have from eight to ten molds, all making the same type of jar. Leo Drey and his partner James Hiatt patented a jar design that called for round glass bosses on bail type jars. These jars have the Mason Patent Nov 30th 1858 on the front and a raised almost cross like emblem on the back.
Article Summary To date an old Ball mason jar, look at the logo on the jar. The Buffalo Jar in amber is even rarer; only four are known to exist. If you have a booth or know of anyone that has a booth at an antique mall you could try that. Later, another major jar manufacturer and Consolidated's bitter rival the Hero Fruit Jar company Hero being in reference to the civil war. In the case of the Kerr Self-Sealing masons found in cornflower blue, the company was trying to make green jars for a customer but the glass kept coming out in the wrong color. Anybody ever see this on a jar? The ubiquitous Ball Perfect Mason was the most produced fruit jar in the 1930s and 1940s.
Subject: 2 Historical information and dating. Also a few boxes with jar rubbers and lids. Many Ball mason jars have a number printed on the bottom of the jar, but this is a mold number that does not indicate the year of production. Those are commercial product jars mayonnaise, pickles, etc. Also include your email address in all correspondence or ads.
The government, which had rationed foodstuffs and the tins used to hold them, encouraged Americans to cultivate victory gardenso and preserve what they grew at home. The modern two-piece metal cap and ring with a new jar is the best system for home canning. Is the top smooth to the touch or is it rough and ground off? The Economy jars were among the first wide-mouth jars, and thus, were easy to fill. A website created and managed by Bill Lindsey, Bureau of Land Management retired - Klamath Falls, Oregon Valuing Antique and Collectable Canning Jars Look for: Age - Generally the older the jar is, the greater is value. Until 1858, canning jars used a glass jar, a tin flat lid, and sealing wax, which was not reusable and messy! Frequently Asked Questions -- Fruit Jars From: Dave Hinson Summary: Assorted answers to questions frequently asked about fruit jars and related items.
Comes with a matching cobalt colored, unmarked insert that is perfect, and a good zinc band. Visit the website Subject: 6. This page was updated on Want to make a donation? The lid it has is not like the zinc ones, but appears to be aluminum. Mason jars made it possible to preserve green beans and apples and peaches that could be eaten in January. Today, the primary Mason jar producer in the United States is Jarden Home Brands. De Quillfeldt used the term Lightning to refer to the sealing method, but the closure's popular use on fruit jars led to the name, Lightning fruit jar. Color - Clear is most common, but other colors, which usually add value are: Aqua, Amber, Dark Amber, Emerald, Milk Glass, Cobalt, Black.
Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes? Some of these words were used for many years, but the style often changed every couple years. I bel eave my jar is a misprint. Some are quite valuable depending on certain quirks of embossing. Jar prices in the book do tend to go up and down according to collector demand. Original zinc lids for the Root masons are extremely scarce and sought after by collectors.
Here's another , also sold by Greg Spurgeon. The Hazel-Atlas company was in business from 1902 to 1964 until they were purchased by the Brockway Glass Company. An improper or failed seal or microbial growth will cause the dome to pop upward. I am in search of repair kits for the metal bails. Some other types of closures are: Putnam's Trademark Lightening; Peerless; A. Lightning fruit jars, another type of Mason jar, were not as common as the screw-thread version, but they were popular for home canning in the late nineteenth 19th and early twentieth 20th centuries. This type of jar and closure, which first became popular in the late 1910s and 1920s, is still in use.