When did Ball use glass lids?

The Mason jar was first invented by John Landis Mason. He created and patented a glass jar to be used in home canning and food preservation. That was back in 1858. His jars, like the jars of today, had a screw thread mouth that accepted a metal band and a lid that featured a rubber ring on its underside.

When did Mason jars have glass lids?

Boyd in 1859. Boyd had patented a white "milk-glass" insert for the zinc screw lids to theoretically lessen the chances that food would be tainted by contact with the metal lid. In 1871, Mason partnered with Boyd in the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company which licensed Mason jar patents to numerous glass makers.

When did Ball start making canning jars?

In 1884, Ball Corporation began manufacturing glass home-canning jars, the product that established Ball as a household name and licensed Mason's design.


When did Ball stop making blue jars?

Blue glass Ball jars were produced in the late 1890s and early 1900s, but the company stopped producing these in 1937. There were also some brown amber jars produced in the 1950s, but most of the jars produced after the 1940s were made of clear glass.

When did Ball make square jars?

Ball did indeed start making square jars in the early 1920s, but the reason is not known. Maybe square jars were just easier to pack into shipping boxes. Another common story is that Ball produced jars that looked like half-gallon jars, but only held 56 ounces of fluid, instead of the normal 64 ounces.


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How can you tell how old a Ball jar is?

Some helpful notes to keep in mind:
  1. Not every jar has their manufacture date on the glass, but most have the patent date. ...
  2. There will be a large number on the bottom of your jar. ...
  3. These charts tell you the approximate decade in which your Ball jar was made.


How do you date a Ball jar?

If you have a Ball jar, you can date most of them just by looking at the logo. Every few years, the Ball Manufacturing Co changed the logo and if you compare yours to a reliable chart, you know how old it is.

Are Old Ball Mason jars worth anything?

Value depends on a lot of factors, but many canning jars sell for under $15. However, these are a few notable examples of what your canning jar could be worth: An antique Ball brand perfect Mason jar sold on eBay for about $80, likely because its deep olive green color is relatively rare.

Are Old Ball jars worth money?

Nowadays, you can even buy a big flat of Mason jars for pretty cheap at your local craft or household goods store — but the older ones can fetch much higher prices. Typically, the smaller or more common antique jars can go for about $20 apiece, but the more rare versions can sell for as much as $300.


How can I tell if my mason jars are old?

Color. Mason jars have unique colors that indicate a brand. For example, the Violet jar is purple, the Beaver jar is amber, and the Lightning jar is clear. The Ball Mason jars have taken on so many colors through the years, from golden yellow to amber, to different green shades.

Why are old Ball jars blue?

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Those blue mason jars were mass produced until 1937 using sand from around Lake Michigan. It was that sand that gave the glass its blue hue. Those blue jars are not rare.

When were zinc lids used for canning?

Mason's sealing mechanism — a glass container with a thread-molded top and a zinc lid with a rubber seal ring — was patented Nov. 30, 1858. With Mason's method, bacteria were killed by heating the jars in hot water and sealing the jar while still hot.

How old are porcelain Mason jar lids?

Lewis R. Boyd was issued a patent for his invention (patent #88,439) on March 30, 1869.


How do you date old Kerr jars?

Many of the earlier ECONOMY types are marked with the words “KERR GLASS MFG. CO” embossed on the bottom, and in general those jars probably date mostly from about 1904 to circa 1920.

What are the most valuable Mason jars?

The most valuable mason jars are:
  1. Van Vliet Improved Jar – $23,500.
  2. Black Amber Magic Star Fruit Jar – $3,000. ...
  3. 1933 Ball Upside Down Error Jar – $1,000. There are two types of Ball upside-down Mason jars. ...
  4. The 1870 Chief Mason Jar – $800. (Photo: gregspurgeon.com) ...
  5. 1858 Willoughby Stopple Jar – $500. (Photo: hoosierjar.com) ...


Why are Ball canning lids hard to find?

It's a shortage that is being chalked up, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Marie Bregg of Mason Jar Merchant told Better Homes & Gardens that sales through her online shop in late August were up about 600% over any other month in 2020, and 90% of that has been canning lids.

When were magic Mason jars made?

The Magic Star Fruit jar features a glass lid secured by iron clamps, another innovation in sealing. The side of the jar features an embossed star logo surrounded by text. It was patented in Pennsylvania in 1886 by Hermann Buchholz.


How old are Knox Mason jars?

The Knox jars were made in the 1940s by the Knox Glass Bottle Co. in Knox, PA The pints and quarts are worth about $6.

Are old zinc canning lids safe?

The USDA warns not to use mason jars with zinc rings for home canning because there is not an easy way to tell if the jar has sealed. They also state there is a higher incidence for seal failure.

How do you clean old Mason jars?

Cleaning Antique Glass Jars (Mason Jars)
  1. Step 1: Get a Cruddy Jar. ...
  2. Step 2: Wash by Hand With Soap and Water. ...
  3. Step 3: Gather Your Soaking Materials. ...
  4. Step 4: Soak Cruddy Areas for Approximately 1/2 Hour. ...
  5. Step 5: Pull Out That Scrub Brush One More Time.


When were Atlas strong shoulder Mason jars made?

What Is an Atlas Mason Jar? The glass company Hazel-Atlas, which is also known for making Depression glass, began production around 1902. The Atlas Mason jars were among some of their most important products.


Do old Mason jars contain lead?

Ball is the most consistently Lead-free brand I have found (with just a few exceptions.) Conversely, almost all Kerr jars I have tested have been positive for low-levels of lead (20 to 40 ppm range) – with very few exceptions.

How old are Golden Harvest Mason jars?

A Golden Harvest pint / ½ litre jar, circa 2015. Golden Harvest jars first appeared on the market in 1975 being made by Glass Containers Corp. in Fullerton, California, under the name “Golden Harvest.” They were rounded-square in shape.

What is a perfect mason jar?

“BALL PERFECT MASON” fruit jars. The Ball Perfect Mason was a brand of glass fruit jar (canning jar) made by the Ball Bros. Glass Manufacturing Company. Ball Bros was based in Muncie, Indiana. (See “Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company” page, for a brief summary of that glass company).
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