Glass lid replaced with metal, possibly to indicate seal integrity, reduce cost or avoid the Kilner patent. Any Ball Atlas or Mason canning jar that is not a screw top is a collectible. Rarer still are cobalt blue, black, and milk-glass jars. The were introduced to the general public in the 1920s and were popular through the 1950s. From Fruit Jars to Satellites: The Story of Ball Brothers Company, Incorporated.Next
Mason Jars But in 1858, an inventor and tin smith from New York City, John L. Standard and metric measure on one side. Mason jars usually have a proprietary brand embossed on the jar. Hi Medolark, Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Just make sure they're clean and dry. Keegan, Ball Brothers Glass Company made a wide variety of containers besides their better-known fruit jars. I just refrigerated and ate the beans and threw all the lids away.
Please, no posts asking about value of an item. National Inventors Hall of Fame. They are commonly seen for sale on the secondary market at antique malls, farm auctions, flea markets, yard sales, and on online auction sites. It certainly is from the zinc lid era and the threads on the top are spaced such that all commercially-made-for-market tin lids I have ever seen would be more closely spaced. These fakes were created as poor impersonations of some of the more valuable mason jars in colors such as cobalt blue, lime green and milk glass. Primitive Canning Napolean is often credited with the invention of modern canning: in 1795 the French military offered a cash prize of 12,000 francs for a new method to preserve food.Next
Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can use to determine an approximate age for your jar. The jar lid had a rubber or rubber-like sealing surface and was held in place by a separate metal band. Thank you for any information you can share. They should be the most commonly found type of porcelain liner. You can see a variety of colors on the. Green glass was also used, and is still used today. The only info I found was a comment from someone that said he thinks they were made between 1885 and 1900.Next
For instance, a Lamb Mason jar was made from the 1930s to 1940s by the Lamb Glass Co. I have several Ball jars that are off size and I cannot locate seals and rings or lids to purchase. Ball Corporation: The First Century. If you are using the ones your grandmother left you, that jar of spiced peaches might be worth more than you think. If it was only available for a short period of time, this is a great clue. Amber glass became popular in the 1910s, when there was a misconception that dark glass prevented spoiling. The new pint jars appear to be very slightly lighter in weight than the older ones, but this may not hold true on all jars, since there was some variability in the older jars.Next
Some of the zinc lids have Ball embossed on them, but others are just plain. Other unusual designs can add to value as well. You can utilize Mason jars for drinks, meals, , and even making a ton of money in one sitting — if you own the right ones. The rubber created the seal, and the threaded lid maintained it. Other colors that are known, but not so easily found, include cornflower blue, straw yellow, olive green, olive amber, blackish olive, dark yellow amber, light green and medium green. The glass has some air bubbles in it, but otherwise is in excellent co dition.Next
Are the seals and rings still available? Considering that , it seems like they made a smart choice. Hi Misty, I had two links to that chart posted on this article, but I have now inserted the chart itself on my page. Most myths and legends are based on a kernel of truth, and this may be no exception to the rule. Seams along the entire side , from bottom to top, mean the jar was made by a machine, probably after 1915. The jar is then allowed to cool to room temperature. I will edit my text shortly to help reduce confusion on the exact wording on those later colored jars. Sadly, Mason sold off his rights to the jar to several different people and died a relatively poor man around 1900.Next
They were first made in Buffalo in 1884 and for several years after. Here are 8 things you really do want to know about this simple, yet magnificent, American invention. Walter John Kilner may be the inventor, possibly earlier than that. Do you need all these for preserving success? Great for picnics and outside dining. Hello David, I am hoping you are able to cast some light on my mystery Ball jar. The rubber from the jar lids deteriorated in the water bath and the jars did not stay sealed.Next