Note that there are always exceptions in information on Ball Perfect Mason jars and not forget about all the misprinted or error jars as they are referred to. All websites talk about number embossing to determine batch or manufacturer location. Condition is always very important. One found has black specks and bubbles all through out the glass. History These jars take their name from John Landis Mason. See if your jar has block letters.
Value is only a dollar or two because there were so many of these made with offset style embossing and so many that still survive today. If so, what sort of lid might I need to find for it? Between 1910 and 1923, the A in the word Ball had an ascender at the beginning that looked like it should connect with the B. Another View: Having spoken with many distinguished Southern Gentlemen that grew up during the days of moonshine I was informed by more than one distinguished Southern Gentleman that these bottles were usually broken by the Moonshine Runners because yes they were superstitious and felt like this increased their risk for getting stopped by the law. There is a 2 on the bottom but there is no Ball or any other writing. Hundreds of millions probably upwards of a billion or more! By 1937 the color Ball Blue was discontinued but clear and aqua was still being produced. The five founding Ball brothers started the company in 1880 in Buffalo, New York.
I beleave it was made in between 1910-1923? I contacted the Biloxi Historical Society who referred me to the Maritime and Seafood Museum in Biloxi. That was the start of my collection. 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. Any foods that are processed 10 minutes or less should be poured into sterilized jars. This was a major breakthrough because it meant summer vegetables and fruits could be preserved for the winter months. A pontil scar, or indentation on the bottom, shows that a jar was blown into a mold by hand rather than machine, a common practice before 1915.
Can you share any info and or value of this jar? Some are blue in color most are clear. Best, Kathy Hi, I have 2 pale blue jars. This transition took several years. Edmund, Frank, George, William and Lucius Ball first began their business in 1880 as the Wooden Jacket Can Company in Buffalo, New York. However, antique green glass and modern green glass are very different, as far as collectors are concerned.
The glass has several large bubbles and the writing is very faint it does not protrude as far off the glass as others. Another book to consider is. Other unusual designs can add to value as well. The purple jars are made in pint and quart sizes. I havent seen an old bluey in a while.
I have searched on line and have not been successful. 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. It is slightly to the left. The most common color is light aqua. Embossing Many canning jars feature the manufacturer's name or the patent date embossed on the glass. If you have friends or family members who are interested in antiques, bottles, fruit jars, insulators, tableware or other types of vintage glass, please consider sharing this site with them on Facebook or other social media sites. The Ball logo has remained relatively standard since the first script logo was introduced, but there have been a number of small variations that can be used to date the jar.
These commemorative jars are being produced in a lighter, brighter blue color— not quite the same shade as the original 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. Luckily, there are experts out there who can tell you all about the different types of Mason jars that have appeared — and disappeared — through the ages. Check the logos below against the logo on your jar. Smaller Ball Perfect Mason Pint? The very first versions with this embossing are believed to date from approximately 1913, with production continuing to about 1960. The other side of the jar says Atlas e-z seal. Other types of Ball jars include Ball Mason, Ball Ideal, Ball Improved, Ball Special and Ball Sure Seal.
There are no other numbers on it. Plus, there is a sub-minutia of variances in the entire differing genre of Ball jars, to make matters even more convoluted. By 1885 zinc caps were made, and in 1898 the first aluminum lids were produced. I bought 6 dozen new hars and the flats were all ribber sidedown and they did not seal and i lost all my foods that i prserved. I compare it to blowing a large bubble gum bubble, partly sucking it in for a split second, and blowing it back out.
Was this common for jars to have misspelled words and how can I find out how old they are? The Ball Perfect Mason fruit jar was first introduced in 1910. For instance, purple glass indicates a jar that was made prior to the first World War. According to the stories, they threw them away, or intentionally broke them, fearing their enterprise could otherwise be met with bad luck. Here's a cheat sheet to determining a jar's approximate age:. Companies experimented with numerous types of closures, many of which were very detailed, unusual, and impractical.
Prior to this detail, Hero users often com- plained about food going bad. Drain the jars and fill with hot foods to be canned. There are many minor variants of Ball jars, sometimes found in various shades of true green not aqua. Closures vary as well and include screw on metal lids or E-Z seals. Blown glass jars are more valuable than molded ones. Some of the zinc lids have Ball embossed on them, but others are just plain.