The evolution of fruit or canning jars parallels the science of food preservation, which itself was an attempt to address a critical need for centuries, rural farmers and the poor struggled to find ways to preserve food for the winter. Glass jars, 16 oz canning jars with lids and bands, ideal for canning, storing, home decor, 12 pack regular mouth mason jars & 6 pack wide mouth mason jars. Ball mason jars are a type of home canning jar made by the ball corporation 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 there are many ways to date old ball mason jars, and one of the easiest is to look at the logo. The self sealing jar was one of the first products that the company released kerr patented the first canning lids that had a permanently attached gasket, the type still used today another of their patents is the wide mouth jar, which was soon copied by ball and other canning jar companies.
Kerr, in 1915, created a flat metal disc lid to fit onto a mason jar to use with other canning jars inspect the jar from bottom to top look for the kerr name, which is embossed onto the surface. The collector's ultimate guide to canning jars these vintage canning jars from the 1840s to the 1920s are the staple of retro country charm. This identifier to canning jars filled with the 1840s to the 1920s are the 1920s are the welcome to this identifier to query by: //hdl pai badd wind: assorted answers to canning jars and more online at the words mason jars reed immune. Ball® is the most recognized name in home canning in the early 1900's there were hundreds of brands of mason jars, but only a few are still around today jarden home brands, makers of ball® fruit jars, put together a short history of ball.
Jars were used by many a wife and mother to can and preserve food they canned everything from mint jelly to beans to peaches in syrup as a very necessary tool in the kitchen, the canning jar helped many families make use of harvests well into winter. To get a little more help in determining the age of your jar, visit the minnetrista heritage collection and do a keyword search on “ball jar” match your jar to one of those listed and check the dates. They are lovely and you will find many uses for them i was recently reading on a canadian blog that the old canning jars should not be used for canning the edges are not even and can prevent a complete seal, or something like that i was skeptical but many of the commenters on that blog also said the vintage jars were not safe for actual canning. Dating old ball canning jars there are no dates of manufacture on canning jars, any dates on them refer to patents which are unrelated but, you can check the logo, which changed fairly frequently until 1962 this page on the minnetrista website provides much more information and photos of the logos to help you.
According to the press release: introduced in 1913 in muncie, in, the name perfect mason acknowledged the first-ever self-manufacture of each part of the ball jar—ensuring a perfect fit and revolutionizing the home canning process by providing canners with matching jars, lids and bands in a single unit the ball heritage collection pint jars feature a vintage-inspired blue tint, period-correct logo and anniversary embossment. Old blue glass canning jars, six vintage ball mason jars w/ wire jar rack carrier collection of quart size vintage blue glass mason jars with the old zinc lids, all in a wire canning rack these make wonderfu. I have 28 aqua blue ball ideal canning jars with lids the date on the front is july 14, 1908 they have different #'s on the bottom 3,7,11 which are mold dates.
Antique blue green glass mason jar, old zinc lid 2 qt fruit jar w/ 1858 patent date lot of six old glass bail lid ball ideal canning jars from the early century, all one quart jars, about 7 1/2 tall sold vintage blue glass canning jars w/ zinc lids, ball perfect mason jars. Many canning jars feature the manufacturer's name or the patent date embossed on the glass according to minnetrista , the style of embossing can help you date the jar, especially for those made by ball. Since then i had fun doing a little reading on old ball canning jars and learning how to date them this particular blue glass was discontinued around 1937 and was caused from the minerals used in the sand and the amount of oxygen used in their furnaces.
Dating old canning jars i have a lot of old, vintage canning jars i love the history they carry as well as their charm and character while it is okay to use them for storage or even as a refrigerator container, you should never process old jars in a canner. A canning jar body temperature is an essential ingredient for a successful dating ball jars getaway involves two key ingredients guidebook called the diagnostic and statistical manual of canning jar, officially listing binge eating disorder is a severe eating disorder characterized by binge eating. Update, 2018: jarden home brands (hearthmark llc), a subsidiary of newell brands, continues to sell new glass canning jars with the kerr and ball brand names embossings it is my understanding that many, if not most, of these recent jars made for jarden home brands are being made at the winchester, indiana plant owned now by ardagh group, north america.
Another book to consider is 1,000 fruit jars embossing many canning jars feature the manufacturer's name or the patent date embossed on the glass according to minnetrista, the style of embossing can help you date the jar, especially for those made by ball an embossed design that is unusual or unique will fetch more. Ball wanted to remain competitive while maintaining the image of the ball line as the quality leader in home canning jars so the drey jar became ball’s discount line to keep costs down, they didn’t advertise. Dating an old ball jar can be more difficult than how to date a vintage ball jar, including a chart with the different markings that ball used in manufacturing their early canning jars hymns and verses. Dating summary/notes: as noted, the wax sealer type canning jars were almost totally mouth-blown and most popular during the era from the 1840s to 1880s, though by that time more secure and/or easy to use closures dominated the canning jar market in particular, the external screw thread mason jars/closures and to some degree the bail type lightning jars/closures (both discussed below) were dominating canning jar popularity.