Then, assess the color, markings and characteristics, such as type of lid, as well as the condition of the jar. This book is no longer is print, but it is avaialble on secondary markets and you can get descriptions and basic values of your jars. How can I save money? The one's that say Perfect Mason no spelling errors here damn, then I would be rich! Kerr Self Sealing The Kerr Self Sealing Mason jar was developed by the Hermetic Fruit Jar Company, founded by Alexander Kerr in 1903. Article Summary To date an old Ball mason jar, look at the logo on the jar. Some of the zinc lids have Ball embossed on them, but others are just plain.
You might try posting a query on the antique-bottles. Many of them bear mold numbers on the bottom, usually one, two or three digits. Over the years, Ball has introduced a variety of different jars that can be identified with certain words that are printed on the jars. No, bottles with ghosting are not rare, and there is usually not much premium value put on bottles with ghosting, although some collectors might pay more for a certain piece that has a particularly legible instance of ghosting. Please, no posts asking about value of an item. You might just stumble upon a real treasure.
Others are blank no lettering of any kind. As time goes on, however, their provenance might be somewhat less obvious to beginning fruit jar collectors. It has a glass lid held on by a metal band. This script style was used up until about 1910. The older looking of the two just says ball in old script then mason underneath.
Use the color to get an idea of the age. This was a major breakthrough because it meant summer vegetables and fruits could be preserved for the winter months. Here are a few websites I used for this blog post. This transition took several years. There are a few oddly sized Ball mason jars that were produced at very specific times, so the size of the jar can be used to date its production. I mean, an antique dealer, a fruit jar collector, a friend? There are no other markings anywhere. I can find nothing about it.
I have a few that say Mom's mason's jar. One of the most common ever produced is the lowly. . Chips and cracks will diminish the value of old canning jars significantly, while a jar in good condition with its original lid will be worth the most. The truth is, I can hardly tell one from another. Considering that , it seems like they made a smart choice.
It is mentioned elsewhere on this site as well. After 35+ years in a barn, they cleaned up fairly well and I was planning on using them for an indoor herb garden. You shouldn't use the older canning jars for several reasons. While colors produced in recent years may look similar, be aware that they have quite different values than the vintage colors. As long as you remove the lid and top, the jars can be microwaved safely. He invented a machine that could cut screw threads in the lip of a glass jar.
Here are 8 things you really do want to know about this simple, yet magnificent, American invention. While these jars are still manufactured today, collectible and antique examples date back to the mid 17th century. Jars made in the later 1880s until about 1893 are marked with embossed black lettering; script markings were made after 1893. Ball jars were made in various colors, but the blue and clear colors are the most common. One of the most common emails I receive comes with a description of a jar—e. However, antique green glass and modern green glass are very different, as far as collectors are concerned.
Was this jar made like this or has it been altered? Can someone help me locate gaskets I would also like to find the value these. I see 3 in the common quart size, and 1 in the smaller size. The more jars that are purchased, the more that can be saved per jar. Mostly Ball, some Kerr, Atlas and a McDonald. Together, they cited information from. If you were saving for months to be able to afford your jars, why would you possibly break any of them. Ball Perfect Mason The Ball Perfect Mason was a brand of glass fruit jar canning jar made by the Ball Bros.
I contacted the Biloxi Historical Society who referred me to the Maritime and Seafood Museum in Biloxi. 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. See if your jar is an off-size. On the other hand, as we have already previously established, Ball jars are a readily available commodity. There are probably other variations out there. When you refer to a Mason jar, you are talking about a type of jar with screw threads at the mouth. Slightly later jars featured glass lids and zinc bands; some of these jars with glass lids are quite rare.
While some food preservation is still done in pottery crocks, glass jars largely replaced stoneware starting in the late 1800s. Some of the glass is wavy and many have bubbles. Other Mason jars were deliberately stamped with the logos upside down so the jar could double as a dispenser. Antique Mason Jars Are Common Antique Mason jars are nostalgic reminders of times gone by. When it was produced in 1910, there was a misconception that the dark shade prevented spoilage. Bless your heart for any time you have left over to address the inquiries you receive on your site. I compare it to blowing a large bubble gum bubble, partly sucking it in for a split second, and blowing it back out.