Today the scarce find proves that one era's trash is another's treasure. On the first the bottom has a boxed number 5, Kerr in a odd shape box and then the number 112 in another box. Most are from the new generation jars and are safe to use and will be! I never thought they were collectible! The company started making mason jars back in 1880, and many people today still use these for canning, or collect the jars as a hobby. The Square Mason Jar Many companies made a square Mason jar. In Grandmother's time hundreds of these jars filled with colorful vegetables, preserves, and jams lined the cellar shelves. I just like to collect them for fun. Please, no posts asking about value of an item.
This was the difference between his design and predecessors, the sealing mechanism: a glass container with a thread molded into its top and a zinc lid with a rubber ring. These Jelly Glasses packed without lids. Thank you so much for posting this! I have always loved these jars. If you have a Ball jar, you can date most of them just by looking at the logo. This page was updated on Want to make a donation? Instead, I mean how do you tell how old your Ball jar is? Joseph C Kelly established a glass factory at Tyro, Kansas and at the same time he became assistant manager of the Kerr Glass Company at Altoona, that state, but still retaining his position as business manager of the factory at Tyro in which he was interested. Many can still be seen in garage sales, flea markets and on specialty food jars today. From what years were canning jars made in Sand Springs?? Companies experimented with numerous types of closures, many of which were very detailed, unusual, and impractical.
If the seams stop short of the lip, that means that the lip was attached to the jar or the top was formed after the jar had been blown into a mold. They also produced large quantities of other types of glass containers, especially in later years. Hi Judi, I assume the jar dates from sometime in the late 1910s into the 1920s, possibly 1930s. So if someone does know the original source, please reply in the comments so I can relink. These can go for much higher prices at auction, depending on other factors. But vintage jars are great on your pantry shelf to hold grain, etc. How to Date a Ball Jar No, not at a movie on Saturday night.
Have any clue on what War that was? I knew you were a treasure trove of information on canning jars. The glass blower would mark all of his jars with a number used only by him. Appears to be from the 1923-1933 group. Any info you can give me would be valuable. Several limited-edition special runs have been made, starting with the bicentennial in 1976. Grandma gave the jar to me a number of years ago.
Thank you for your post, and I do appreciate your great information! I actually have a similar jar with a red-painted lid exactly as shown in the ebay second ebay listing you linked to and I remember when my mother bought a case of them 12? Is any of this important? I have kept it on a shelf and recently it was broken. Most machines would have from eight to ten molds, all making the same type of jar. Inspect the jar for mistakes. How to Sell Your Jars Ebay is one of the most common ways to sell jars for their value. Dating Antique Jars The earliest Ball jars, which were hand blown, are easy to identify because the bottom of the jar will have a mark called a pontil scar. I suppose this pressure in the jar builds as the hot jar coming off the manufacturing belt is immediately capped with the flat and band.
The short production window gives it considerable cache. But, you can check the logo, which changed fairly frequently until 1962. Roy, I will assume that any jar with that wording or a similar phrase was made for decorative use only. The information you get from that number is not nearly that helpful or interesting! They moved their operations to Muncie, Indiana, after a fire at their Buffalo factory. It was either sold empty as a drinking mug or a floral vase, or perhaps was sold already filled with dry pasta, beans, colored sand, etc, or contained aromatic wax and was sold as a candle. Ball doesn't, but some others now do. To them…it was just food! Does anyone know or have any information about Kerr Glass in Lancaster? My grandmother just gave me a blue Ball jar that she learned to can with.
Just think; Ball Mason Jars used by mother, and daughter; to me that is a treasure in itself. Soldiers, too, were often left on the battlefields without proper nourishment due to the lack of food-storage solutions. Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc. Loretta, From research it seems the manufacture of glass at the Sand Springs, Oklahoma plant started approximately 1912 and after many decades of production, glassmaking ceased there in 1992 by then, the former Kerr plant was owned by Ball. Again, the answer is unfortunately, no.
Alltrista's home canning product and more information on Ball jars, can be found on their website at. The company went out of business in 1964. The major difference between the lettering on these jars and newer jars is the lettering on the older jars is simple printing rather than cursive or stylized lettering. If you think you have an unusual jar that may be valuable, consider having it professionally. Ball mason jars were produced for many years with the year 1858 printed on them, but this is no indication of the age of jar itself.
Thank you for the info about how the jars were meant to be sealed. Augustine River Side Dump prior to his death in 1977. You can see a variety of colors on the. ~David Hi Tony, Alexander H. I found a half gallon size masons patent Nov 30th 1858 jar,no other writing on the jar, but on the bottom of the jar is a 5 point star about 2. Together, they cited information from. Sometimes, you can find a jar that has a word misspelled, and mishaps like this make the jar rarer and add to the value.
My great grandmother worked there and it has really sparked my interest but have not been able to find much. At one point, I found what claimed to be the original source and linked to it here. Lightning Jars Patented by Henry William Putnam Lightning jars, so named because they could be easily and quickly opened, solved the problem of canned foods acquiring a metallic taste due to contact with a metal lid. 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. Take care, David I have ten vintage jelly jar drinking glasses, diamond design. Perhaps a reader who specializes in Kerr jars can give us a better idea of age on the 1379 variations. The second bowl has no boxes what so ever on the bottom.