Opening one filled with tomatoes or beans was a celebration of our hard work and a delicious reminder of our summer garden. Thank you for the in formation. If you have a Ball jar, you can date most of them just by looking at the logo. These jars are distinguishable due to their smooth lips and unusual and new looking wire bales. The amber jars were made that way as an attempt to keep fruit from turning brown.
I apparently didn't take any pictures of the Presto jar. The Ball Bicentennial jars were made from about 1975-1980 by Ball and another manufacturer. I keep them on my kitchen counter, with coffee, Splenda, and sugar in them. Check out what you need to know about your jars below, and then start rummaging through your cabinets. Putnam also held exclusive ownership of the patents, and for many years, claimed the impressive profits from selling the jars. These include: A those using a zinc cap and a rubber jar ring, and B those using a glass lid, wire bail, and rubber sealing ring. After fire destroyed their plant in Buffalo, the brothers moved their operations to Muncie, Indiana, where natural gas had been discovered.
This process was easier and more reliable than the tin lid and wax method. I never pay more than a couple of bucks for mine. These continuous screw-thread jars were designed with a bead between the screw threads and the shoulder as a sealing surface. This jar is of interest to collectors because the original paper label recommended the use of empty jars for home canning. Sometimes color or spelling variations are worth more. I thought the color was so pretty.
The jar in this photo, second from the right, is one of only four known to exist with blue glass and a thumbscrew top. Several more boxes are in the garage, Dad's barn, and my brother's basement. Many of us remember our mother or grandmother canning vegetables and fruits from the garden and others love the quaint look of flowers in a blue Mason jar. Checking from the chart you listed, it looks like it may be from the 1923-33 range. The darker and more unusual, the higher a collector will pay.
Some of the bottles and jars are as old as 1792. Green glass jars rage from pale, apple greens to dark olive greens and beautiful blue-greens. The letters are kinda sharp, too. The name Lightning suggested that the jars were quick and easy to use. They are most famous for the Drey boss, a glass projection on the neck used to anchor the wire bail on a lightning-style jar. Can you identify my jar? As most of you know, Mr.
I found your page while looking up my old jars. In 1871, for a brief period of time, Mason became a partner with Boyd in the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company. The half pints and half gallons are of greater value to collectors. Kerr Jars In 1903, Alexander H. The information on this blog is for information purposes only and no guarantees are made concerning the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of that information. Frequently Asked Questions -- Fruit Jars From: Dave Hinson Summary: Assorted answers to questions frequently asked about fruit jars and related items. The rubber seal may not be as old as the jar, but it's fairly old.
It is an amber quart with an unusual closure a spiral metal clamp. When looking at your diagram, it says 1933-1960. 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. However, the name has nothing to do with a root cellar. At the end of the day the blower and his team would get paid for the amount of jars they produced as determined by the number of jars made with a given number on them.
When the First World War broke out, our source of manganese dioxide was cut off by German blockades. 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. Color Canning jars come in a variety of colors besides clear glass. Their specialty was the manufacture of fruit jars. Square jars, for example, date as far back as the 1890s. Once you've seen a few repros it's pretty easy to spot one on a table.
Placing your valuable old jars in an oven could cause them to crack, so be careful! The colors are usually quite dark and profound. So if you have some old jars, how do you know their true age? Grandma wasn't born until 1919. I'm taking that to mean that the jar in this next picture was made between then and 1964. This process, which was complicated and error-prone, became popular in the late 1830s or early 1840s and was commonly used to seal fruit jars from the early 1850s until about 1890. Most are in the 1923 and below category. Usually attendees visit each other's rooms between show hours and a lot of jar talk and swapping goes on there.
Several limited-edition special runs have been made, starting with the bicentennial in 1976. The jars are also known as Ball jars, thanks to the Ball corporation that still manufactures the jars today, as well as fruit jars, or simply canning jars. Hopefully it is ok to share on here. Lightning jars represent an important advancement in the history of home canning and are still a part of American culture. Half gallons and half pints in these jars list for more.