Thanks for any comments or suggestions. Look for the dropped A. Hope this helps, David I have a jar, larger than a regular Ball Jar. Best regards, David I recently cleaned out my great grandmothers home and found a large almost the size of a 2 liter jar. I am assuming it is a repro or fake? Everywhere I look I can not find any information on this jar. These jars all have ground lips.
Age Age is an important factor in the evaluation of canning jars, especially since they are made of glass and breakable. The interesting part here is, the older they are, the rarer they get, the more expensive they can be. Green glass was also used, and is still used today. If you were saving for months to be able to afford your jars, why would you possibly break any of them. They merely identified a particular mold in use at the factory.
The earlier variants of the 1858 jars typically have a ground lip, that is, having the appearance of being smoothed off on a grinding wheel, leaving a somewhat rough surface , and later variations made, in general, in 1900-1915 period, are machine-made and have a smooth lip. The date was embossed on the bottom of millions of jars over a long period of time. Please sign our and check out our , or the. On the bottom is reads Pat Nov 26 67 and has Q449 in the center. Your name required Your email will not be published required Your comment. This Ball Mason jar is the result of a molding error, where the logo and name were stamped on upside-down. Would you like to know how old your vintage mason jar is? One of which says samco super mason on it in raised lettering and the glass is clear in color.
Then about 1893 they began using a script style Ball, sometimes undercored and sometimes not. Over the years, Ball has introduced a variety of different jars that can be identified with certain words that are printed on the jars. The very first versions with this embossing are believed to date from approximately 1913, with production continuing to about 1960. Questions remain on exactly which companies made these jars during the early years, since the 1858 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. If the logo is written in cursive lettering, the jar was made after 1895, which is when Ball switched from block letters to cursive. Best regards, David Hi, David.
S top by one of the pages where you can read about my experiences in Vietnam. Of course, Mason jars are so cute that it might be hard to sell yours! A rubber ring tucked inside the lid created the seal necessary to preserve the contents. Perhaps someone can elaborate more on the Roman numerals on those jars. Jacqueline, Your jar is a type made by Port Glass Company originally located in Muncie, Indiana 1890-1902 at their second plant in Belleville, Illinois 1902-1904. Lids and rings should be boiled … only a few minutes. 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.
The mold maker, for whatever reason, decided to place a period after the date. Remove underscore within first part of address. After Frank had been in Bowling Green for about a week, he received a telegram from James Boyce, a Muncie businessman. In 1880, the Ball brothers began their tin container and glass fruit jar business as the Wooden Jacket Can Company, Buffalo, New York. People have been rummaging in their attics and cupboards hoping to find these items not only to join the fad. The d i Ideal isnt barely visable.
The glass has several large bubbles and the writing is very faint it does not protrude as far off the glass as others. Note: many reproductions of these jars have been made from the 1970s all the way up to the present time , which are discussed later in this article. Companies experimented with numerous types of closures, many of which were very detailed, unusual, and impractical. Have you seen jars with error numbers on the bottom? In 1884 they made their first glass fruit jars, and by 1886 they incorporated the business into the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company. I am trying to find a zinc lid for this charmer but a regular standard lid is too large. Ben, from Collectors Weekly has been trying to help me find a picture of it somwhere in different areas, but so far no luck. The jars were numbered the same in pint, quart and half gallon.
About the same time the factory in Buffalo was destroyed by fire in 1886, the brothers began to consider relocating their business closer to natural gas supplies. Please keep in mind these fruit jars were made by over 100 glass companies over a period of 60+ years, so there are many, many slightly different mold varieties to be found. He taught me everything I know about Ball jars, but not everything he knows. Not counting all the newer repros. Another factor is its vintage appeal and storage practicality.
There are three ways to differentiate these from authentic jars though. And what are Mason jars, anyway? Based in California, Debbie Donner is a freelance online writer who primarily writes articles related to personal finance. How to Date a Ball Jar No, not at a movie on Saturday night. I'll be working on this site over time so bear with me. They have a hard-to-define appearance which can best be appreciated by actual handling of the glass.
Plus, the wonderful character of the glass, the beautiful breathtaking colors and hues, the varying closure types, the myriad embossing styles, and the re-worked and modified moulds make Ball jars a viable alternative to other much more expensive collectible jars. Use the color to get an idea of the age. The phrase was soon considered an important marketing device, adding to the perception of quality and reliability of the container to the average consumer, and, at least by 1879 21 years after the patent was issued , it is very likely that nearly every glass bottle factory was producing their own version. But, you say, how can the date 1884 be correct, since you have a jar embossed with a patent date of 1858. Ball acquired the first of several small glass companies in 1898, and printed the first Ball Blue Book featuring home canning recipes and techniques in 1909. Ball Corporation: The First Century.