Here is a way to date your Ball jars fairly closely by looking only at how the Ball name is embossed on the jar. Before we get into the Ball jars, here's just a note concerning "Pontil Marks". I see a lot of jars listed on ebay incorrectly with pontil marks. NO jars were ever made that had pontil marks. The approximately 1" circular mark seen on the bases of some early Ball jars indicates machine manufacture and is a VALVE mark, which let air trapped between the mould and jar to escape during production.
Vintage & Antique Mason Jars Guide - Dating Ball Canning Jars
By Bruce Wayne Schank — June 26th, In this article, collector Bruce Wayne Schank talks about collecting antique Ball jars fruit jars , and the history of the Ball jar. One of the most common fruit jars ever produced is the lowly Ball jar. Historical figures show that from between Sept 1, until Dec 31, , 41,, Gross jars were produced by the Ball Glass Mfg Co. A staggering number, what this suggests is that Ball jars should be a readily available commodity and very easy to find, making collecting Ball Jars a somewhat easier venture since more of these jars exist then probably any of the other manufacturers combined. Yet with all that glass out there to be found, it has become a colossal challenge to categorize, date and fully understand the minutia of variants produced by the Ball Glass Mfg Co. Plus, there is a sub-minutia of variances in the entire differing genre of Ball jars, to make matters even more convoluted.
The Collector's Ultimate Guide to Canning Jars
These humble glass pieces were designed for putting up fruits and vegetables in the days before refrigeration. Here are some of the most valuable finds from the s to the s, when hundreds of companies were vying for a spot on America's shelves:. This unmarked, mid- s model featured cork, which did little to preserve its contents. The unique topper makes it of note today. Issued only from to , this jar could double as a dispenser for a coffee grinder.
Ball brand mason jars were originally produced in by the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company now simply called the Ball Corporation. The Ball brothers who owned that company began to make glass fruit jars when the patent on the Mason Improved fruit jar expired. The earliest jars made by Ball were colored amber or aqua and were produced in the company's glass-works in Buffalo, NY. Ball jars are now manufactured by many different companies around the world that simply use the Ball name for branding. Ball jars were originally formed by professional glass blowers who were each supported by a small team of assistants.