I'm curious about the whittle mold though, and it's rarity if any. And believe me when I tell you, Ball jars are a quintessential part of American history and as much so as apple pie or ice cream. Run your fingers over the glass carefully to check for nicks and chips. Machine-made Mason jars that originated around 1909 have a sealing surface on a bead ledge below the threads. While some food preservation is still done in pottery crocks, glass jars largely replaced stoneware starting in the late 1800s.
Rather, the mold number tells you where the jar was positioned on the glass-making machine that was used to produce it. You shouldn't use the older canning jars for several reasons. The mold mark on the bottom is 01A. Dick is a retired Curator of Business and Industrial History at Minnetrista. Inspect the glass in good light to find scratches, cracks or fractures.
A staggering number, what this suggests is that Ball jars should be a readily available commodity and very easy to find, making collecting Ball Jars a somewhat easier venture since more of these jars exist then probably any of the other manufacturers combined. The glass has an extreme rippled look to it. However, the humble mason jar has become a desirable vintage collectible. Antique canning jars are often sold through antique stores and auction sites such as. The others are fairly common and are only worth a few dollars apiece. Kerr patented the first canning lids that had a permanently attached gasket, the type still used today. They are not wide mouth mason jars.
The quart size mason jar is the most common, but the pint sized jar is popular as well. The jars were made by several glass companies including Ball Bros, and date after 1902. I can find nothing about it. You can see a variety of colors on the. This type of jar and closure, which first became popular in the late 1910s and 1920s, is still in use. Vivid or unusual colors, bright wire on the bails, oddly wrapped wire and a greasy feel to the glass are all indicators of recently made or reproduction jars. Imagine this: the Ball jar was at one time reviled by the vast majority of the collecting world as worthless and a complete waste of time, money, and energy.
The value of an antique Mason jar is dictated by three things: rarity, condition and whether it is collectible. Colors include emerald green, rare cobalt blue, amber, milk glass and aqua. I am sure your jars are not reproductions. According to , the style of embossing can help you date the jar, especially for those made by Ball. Many slight variations are seen, with the exact lettering orientation just barely noticeably different from one example to another, such as the spacing, height, width, depth of cut, of individual letters. By Antique Collector If you can your own fruits and vegetables, you might be surprised to find the value of old canning jars is often significant, with some examples reaching into the thousands of dollars.
Second from left is a glass top Ball Ideal half gallon with Pat. The court acknowledged that Mason had invented the jar in 1859, but he did not apply for a patent for an improved version of the fruit jar until 1868. These considerations, along with age, completeness and size, dictate the value of antique jars. A frisbee-shaped glass lid took the place of the screw-on lid and was held in place by an ingenious wire clamp, invented by Henry William Putnam in 1882. Does anyone know anything about this.
Rather, 1858 is the year that John Mason was granted a patent for his mason jar design, and the Ball company used this patent year on many jars. . I found a mason jar this weekend and it had the number 18 on the bottom. From Fruit Jars to Satellites: The Story of Ball Brothers Company, Incorporated. You just might have a treasure hidden away! If it was made like this does it make it a valuable jar? Ignore the mold number on the jar. Another View: Having spoken with many distinguished Southern Gentlemen that grew up during the days of moonshine I was informed by more than one distinguished Southern Gentleman that these bottles were usually broken by the Moonshine Runners because yes they were superstitious and felt like this increased their risk for getting stopped by the law.
Once cooled, the band is removed to prevent residual water between the jar threads and the lid from rusting the band. Embossing Many canning jars feature the manufacturer's name or the patent date embossed on the glass. Ball Brothers Glass Company purchased the Coffeyville plant in 1909 and closed it down in 1911. How can I make sure you received it? The glass as said before is Aqua and very thick with some bubbles and raised flaws on the inside. A collection of mason jars filled with preserved foods A Mason jar, named after who first invented and patented it in 1858, is a molded used in to. Look for the dropped A. When it was produced in 1910, there was a misconception that the dark shade prevented spoilage.
It has a ground rim a seam up the side and is very light blue in color. Best regards, David I recently cleaned out my great grandmothers home and found a large almost the size of a 2 liter jar. New York: Necomen Society in North America. Best regards, David Keegan, Ball Brothers Glass Company made a wide variety of containers besides their better-known fruit jars. Many of us remember our mother, grandmother or favorite aunt displaying a hand-picked bouquet of wildflowers in a pretty blue-green quart jar. That jar factory was purchased by Ball Bros Glass Company in 1909 and closed down in 1911.
Boil for 10 minutes before removing. All in all, a nice starter collection for you. Any info would be helpful! Was this jar made like this or has it been altered? They have a honeycomb texture on three sides. According to the stories, they threw them away, or intentionally broke them, fearing their enterprise could otherwise be met with bad luck. The E-Z Seal is a lightening jar, a design which has a distinctive glass bubble lid or stopper clamped to the jar with a wire bail. If you find a jar with its original closure, it will generally be more valuable than the jar on its own or with a replacement lid. John Mason invented and patented the process for cutting a thread onto the lip of glass jars, as well as a corresponding thread inside zinc lids, which could then be screwed tightly onto the jars.